Nigeria: Govt Presses Forward With WebTv Licensing Despite Outcry -Reports
Nigeria’s Federal government has confirmed that it will go ahead with the licensing of online televisions, as the move will sanitise the country’s broadcast industry.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, made this revelation and also said that no amount of attacks would prevent the implementation of the recommendations that have been outlined for the improvement of the national broadcasting industry.
He said that part of the approved recommendation includes the amendment of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Act to allow the licensing of WebTv and radio stations.
Mohammed insisted that all the recommendations that were outlined for the NBC Implementation Committee that was recently set up by the Federal Government would be executed.
He pointed out that responsible broadcasters had nothing to fear as this is not a move to stifle free speech. However, Mohammed warned that broadcasters of fake news and hate speech should not sleep easy.
Some of the recommendations include the independence of the NBC from political influence when it exercises its regulatory powers, a review of Nigeria’s Broadcasting Code and extant broadcasting laws and an increase in the penalty amount of fines for breaches relating to hate speech and inciting comments.
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