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Just in: NBC warns broadcast stations against programmes with spurious COVID-19 claims

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has observed with dismay, the preponderance of programmes with unverifiable claims targeted at COVID 19 Pandemic.

Whilst 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 severe sanctions on any station that allows unverifiable claims on its platform.

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 easily be 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.

The Corona Virus has been declared a global Pandemic and no Station shall allow its platform to be used to undermine the Seriousness of the Virus.

NBC made it clear that “a broadcast station is responsible for all Content that it transmits.”