Media Neutrality: NBC moves to intensify understanding of journalism ethics
Kaduna Zonal Director, National Broadcasting Commission Jamilu Yahaya Jega today reiterated the commission resolve to intensify understanding of media ethics among Journalists.
Presenting a lead paper at a two days workshop for Kaduna Media Practitioners organized by Mercy Corps and Interfaith Mediation Centre, Jega revealed that ” the NBC will intensify its efforts at increasing understanding on the ethics in the journalism profession in Nigeria’s broadcast media space.”
According to him, the NBC’s addendum to the 6 edition was launched on the 26th” march 2020 and clearly set out objectives of broadcasting under section 0.2.2 which calls on broadcasting organizations to recognize that they exercise freedom of expression as agents of society, not for any personal or sectional rights, privileges and needs of their own, or of their proprietors, relatives, friends or supporters”.
The Zonal Director pointed that “the section specified that broadcasting in Nigeria shall meet the social, political, economic cultural and technological objectives of the country. These objectives are what the NBC is profusely
trying to achieve. Every broadcaster will do well to acquaint themselves with the spirit and letter of the Code. It will minimize frictions with the regulator.”
Jega maintained that “as the country faces existential security challenges which threaten its peaceful Corporate existence, some section of our broadcasters avail their platforms to unscrupulous elements to fan the embers of hatred and disunity in gross violation of theobjectives of broadcasting. “
He said “several instances abound where broadcasters were found to provocatively adulate and hype the activities of bandits and other heinous criminal acts.
Banditry, insurgency, cattle-rustling, farmer-herder clashes, kidnappings, youth restiveness, crimes and other social vices are among the numerous security challenges we face and some media outfits which have a role to play in curtailing them sometimes show indifference or at worst aggravate the situation.”
“Some broadcasters fall prey of fake news and hate speeches which have attendant consequences on the security of the country.”Jega revealed.