Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has unveiled Reviewed Broadcasting Code, which includes a provision raising the fine for hate speech from 500,000 Naira to 5 million Naira.
According to the minister, the code mandates terrestrial and Pay TV channels to make their services available to Nigerians at time of national emergencies – like the ongoing #Covid19 pandemic – for their education and enlightenment.
Mohammed explained that the provisions on the responsibility of broadcast stations to devote airtime to national emergencies will grant the country the opportunity to regulate negative foreign broadcasts that can harm the nation.
He said the revised Code contains the law prohibiting backlog of advertising debts in order to promote sustainability for the station owners and producers of content, as well as the law on the registration of Web Broadcasting.
The information minister also said, there are opportunities for constant review of the Code, but the latest amendment is signed, sealed and delivered, and the government is committed to making it work for the good of the country
He said that effective regulatory intervention is a sure way of creating jobs for teeming creative youths and that’s why the government will not waver.