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THE National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has urged broadcasters to be mindful of the content they feed members of the public, as the country is going through frightening security challenges.

NBC’s Director General, Mallam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, who gave the charge yesterday, said the security situation was easily reflected in the content of programmes and news reportage on radio and television, adding, “The media must be conducted with great sense of duty and professionalism.”

He pointed that although the media has the right to freely operate in a democracy, which is also backed up by the Nigerian Broadcasting Code.

“Broadcasting organisations should recognise that they exercise freedom of expression as agents of society, not for any personal or sectional rights, privileges and needs of their own or proprietors,” he said.

Kawu, who spoke at the 2019 National Broadcasting Summit in Calabar, Cross River State, lamented the manner in which broadcasters have has profiled, conditioned and deepened fear and prejudices in the context of Nigeria’s security challenges.


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