The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has vowed to revoke the licence of any station which violates the broadcast codes ahead of Nigeria’s 2015 general elections.
The Director General of the Commission, Mr. Emeka Mba gave the warning at a forum for media chief executives in Abuja on Tuesday.
Mr. Mba says“the media houses must show responsibility in the broadcast industry and avoid issues that promote violence.”
“Whatever material you put out, who to blame is not the political party or the politician it is the broadcaster. We will act. Trust me, I am not afraid to bring about the full weight of sanctions on any station, including suspension of licences and revocation of licence,” he stated.
Just one month to the 2015 general elections, the political landscape has apparently heated up, with divided opinions across board, including the media.
The challenges for the media might be enormous, but Professor Umar Pate of Mass Communications Department, University of Maiduguri, at the forum, drew attention to investigative and unbiased journalism which he said was key to upholding the tenets of broadcasting, ahead of the elections.
Other media executives also lent a voice to the debate of how to bridge the gap between professionalism and actuality.