Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari urging him to urgently instruct Mr Lai Mohammed Minister of Information and Culture and the National Broadcasting Commission to withdraw the apparently illegal Broadcasting Code and Memo threatening to sanction any broadcast that denigrates, disrespects, insults, and abuses president, governors, lawmakers, and other elders and leaders in authority.
SERAP also asked President Buhari to instruct Mr Mohammed and the NBC to immediately rescind the fine of N5m imposed on Nigeria Info 99.3 FM radio station following reported comments by a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Obadiah Malafia during an interview with the station.
The NBC has recently reportedly issued a stern warning to journalists and broadcast stations stating that denigrate governors, lawmakers, elders and leaders in abusive terms is not a culture.
They also said that the Commission may be compelled to impose sanctions where stations fail to curb this practice.
In the letter dated 15 August 2020 and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare the organization said that NBC should use their entrusted public office and mandates to promote a culture of public debate access to information, transparency and accountability in government.