The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has banned television stations, radio, newspapers and other online media from polarising the citizens with divisive rhetoric.
The July 7th circular advised broadcasters not to â€˜transmit divisive materials that may threaten or compromise the divisibility and indissolubility of Nigeria as a sovereign state.â€™
It warned newsmen not to popularize the victims of these security challenges so as not to jeopardise the efforts of the Nigerian security forces.
â€œHeadlines of most Newspapers daily are replete with security topics,â€ NBC said in a July 7 circular to broadcast stations published on Friday. â€œWhile bringing information on security to the doorsteps of Nigerians is a necessity, there is a need for caution as too many details may have an adverse implication on the efforts of our security officials who are duty-bound to deal with the insurgency.â€
The regulator said broadcasters should only report worsening security crises across the country along with a set of angles.
â€œNot glamourising the nefarious activities of insurgents, terrorists, kidnappers, bandits etc.
â€œAdvising guests and/or analysts on programmes not to polarise the citizenry with divisive rhetoric, in driving home their point.
â€œNot giving details of either the security issues or victims of these security challenges so as not to jeopardise the efforts of the Nigerian soldiers and other security agents.â€
â€œIn reporting conflict situations, the broadcaster shall perform the role of a peace agent by adhering to the principle of responsibility, accuracy and neutrality.â€
Source: Peopleâ€™s Gazette