The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has warned television and radio stations across the country against airing unverifiable information and cure claims about the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
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The NBC gave this warning in a statement signed by its management on Friday.
According to the commission, it is alarmed at the rate by which some programmes aired on broadcast outfits provide their listener or viewers with unsubstantiated information on the Coronavirus.
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The regulator stated that it will not hesitate to wield the big stick should any station default to adhere to the warning.
The statement read: “While the NBC commends the commitments of the Broadcast Stations for the massive coverage and support to Federal Government of Nigeria towards informing, enlightening Nigerians on the pandemic, it will not hesitate to impose sanctions on any station that allows unverifiable claims on its platforms.”
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The NBC reminded stations to adhere to Sections 3(4), 7(1) and 7(4) of the country’s broadcasting code and ensure that their platform is not allowed to undermine the seriousness of the virus.
“Consequently, the Commission draws attention to the following sections of the 6th edition of Nigeria Broadcasting Code;
“3.4.1(a) the broadcaster shall ensure that every programme is accurate and credible;
“7.1.18 descriptions, claims, testimonials or illustrations in an advertisement relating to verifiable facts shall be such that can be easily substantiated.
“7.4.10 the broadcaster shall ensure that an advertisement is not broadcast if it contains any offer to diagnose or treat conditions by myth, superstitious beliefs and practice.”