The Federal Government on Tuesday raised the fine for hate speech from N500,000 to N5,000,000 vista.ng has learnt.
Federal Government also mandated broadcast stations to make airtime available for public enlightenment and emergencies such as Covid-19.
The Minister Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known in Lagos on Tuesday while unveiling the Reviewed Broadcasting Code.
According to the statement made available by the Ministry, Mohammed said the amendments were necessitated by a Presidential directive in the wake of the 2019 general elections for an inquiry into the regulatory role of the National Broadcasting Commission as well as the conduct of the various broadcast stations before, during and after elections.
Alhaji Lai Muhammed stated that the recommendations were approved by the President Buhari to reposition the NBC to better perform its regulatory role in the areas of political broadcasting, local content, coverage of emergencies, advertising, and anti-competitive behaviour.
According to the Minister,
“The provisions on Exclusivity and Monopoly will boost local content and local industry due to laws prohibiting exclusive use of rights by broadcasters who intend to create monopolies and hold the entire market to themselves. It will encourage Open Access to premium content.”