//Federal government raises fine for hate speech to 5million naira

Federal government raises fine for hate speech to 5million naira

The Federal Government has approved the review of the National Broadcasting Code and extant related laws to increase fines from N500,000 to N5,000,000 for breaches relating to hate speech, inciting comments and indecency.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who made the disclosure while inaugurating a seven-member National Broadcasting Commission Reform Implementation Committee in Abuja, stated that President Muhammadu Buhari had equally sanctioned an upgrade of breach of divisive political remarks to ‘’Class A’’ offence in the Broadcasting Code.
He said that President Buhari equally approved the independence of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to separate it from political interference in the discharge of its duties, particularly in the areas of the issuance and withdrawal of licences.