Breaking: NBC Bans TV and Radio Stations in Nigeria From Using Twitter

The National Broadcasting Commission has banned broadcasting TV and Radio stations in Nigeria from using Twitter.

This directive is contained in a statement signed by Armstrong Idachaba, the NBC’s Acting Director-General.

The Acting Director-General directed in the statement that stations should uninstall the application “and desist from using Twitter as a source (UGC) of information gathering for News and programmes Presentation especially phone-in”.

“Section 2(1) r of the NBC Act entrusts the Commission with responsibility to ensure strict adherence to the national laws, rules and regulations,” the DG said.

“Section 3.11.2  of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code provides that ‘the broadcaster shall ensure that law enforcement is upheld at all times in a matter depicting that law and order are socially superior to or more desirable than Crime and Anarchy.”

“Attention is also drawn to section 5.6.3 of The Code which requires Broadcasters to be mindful of materials that may cause disaffection, incite to panic or rift in the society in the use of a user generated Content (UGC).

“Note that it will be unpatriotic for any broadcaster in Nigeria to continue to patronise the suspended Twitter as a source of its information therefore strict compliance is enjoined.”

This directive is preceded by President Buhari’s suspension of Twitter in Nigeria on Friday.

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