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Assault: Human Rights Radio suspended, to pay N5 million for misconduct – NBC

NEWSMAN, Abuja – National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on Thursday, sanctioned a popular human rights radio, days after the founder of the station, Ahmed Isah (Ordinary President) assaulted a female invitee in the studio.

Isah however, tendered an apology to the woman and admitted that he overreacted.

NBC had on Wednesday, 26th May, 2021, invited Ahmed Isah to explain his own side of the allegation.

“The National Broadcasting Commission has reviewed the events and notes the unreserved apologies and regrets expressed by the broadcaster. The Commission states, however, that the action of the broadcaster is in clear violations of the Broadcasting Code and a betrayal of the confidence reposed on him by the people and Government of Nigeria on whose behalf he holds the radio license in trust,” the regulatory body in a statement.

NBC said “Section 0.1.1.2.1 of the Broadcasting Commission provides in the Social Objectives of Broadcasting that Broadcasting shall; Promote generally accepted social values and norms, especially, civic and social responsibilities; and encourage respect for the dignity of man.

Continuing, NBC said the Section “also provides that Broadcasting organizations shall recognize that they exercise freedom of expression as agents of society, not for any personal or sectional rights, privileges of their own or of their proprietors, relatives, friends or supporters.

“It is important to state that the Commission has, over the years, advised, cautioned, warned and fined the station over repeated cases of ouright abuse, denigrating remarks, intimidation and flagrant abuse of ethics of fairness, balance and fair hearing on the station.

“It is also on record that the Commission had conducted several training
and retraining programmes for the station and the host of the Brekete family programme, especially.

NBC further said “therefore, in line with the sanction provisions in 15.5.2 of the Broadcasting Code, ordered the suspension of license of the broadcaster, untill the broadcaster commits to ethical and professional broadcasting.

“The suspension order is effective Monday the 31st of May 2021, at 12.00am. The Order shall last 30 days, during which it is expected that the broadcaster will put its house in order and attune itself to responsive, professional and responsible broadcasting.

“It shall also pay a recommencement fee of N5 million, as provided for in section 15.5.1 of the Broadcasting Code.

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