President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed the review of the National Broadcasting Code and extant broadcasting laws to reflect stiffer penalties for violators of broadcasting regulations.
The President has also approved the implementation of reforms to end all forms of monopoly detrimental to the actualisation of the immense potential of the broadcast industry.
The Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed announced this in Abuja while inaugurating the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC Reform Implementation Committee.
The minister said that the President approved the upward review of fines from five hundred thousand to five million naira for breaches relating to hate speeches, inciting comments and indecency
He said the President also approved that willful repeat of infractions on three occasions after levying fine on a station should attract suspension of license. He added that Buhari also endorsed the upgrade of breach of political comments relating to hate speeches and divisive comments to ”Class A” offence in the Broadcasting Code.