The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has warned broadcast stations and journalists to quit “glamourising the nefarious activities of insurgents, terrorists, kidnappers, bandits,”
According to NBC, this mandate also includes the non-inclusion of “details” of the activities of bandits, terrorists and kidnappers in their reports.
This was made public on Friday, July 16, via a letter dated July 7, 2021, issued to television and radio stations, which stressed the need for “caution” by broadcasters while reporting security challenges in the country.
1st News gathered that Director, Broadcast Monitoring, Francisca Aiyetan, signed the letter on behalf of the new Director-General of the Commission, Balarabe Ilelah.
The NBC letter was titled, ‘Newspaper Reviews And Current Affairs Programmes: A Need For Caution.’
An excerpt reads, “Headlines of most Newspapers on a daily basis are replete with security topics. While bringing information on security to the doorsteps of Nigerians is a necessity, there is a need for caution as too many details may have an adverse implication on the efforts of our security officials who are duty-bound to deal with the insurgency.
“The Commission, therefore, enjoins broadcasters to collaborate with the government in dealing with the security challenges by;
“Not glamourising the nefarious activities of insurgents, terrorists, kidnappers, bandits, etc.
“Advising guests and/or analysts on programmes not to polarise the citizenry with divisive rhetoric, in driving home their point.
“Not giving details of either the security issues or victims of these security challenges so as not to jeopardise the efforts of the Nigerian soldiers and other security agents.”