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Nigeria regulator sanctions 23 broadcasting stations           

LAGOS, (Xinhua) -- Nigeria’s broadcasting regulator has sanctioned 23 broadcasting stations for breaches of the broadcasting code, an official said Wednesday.

The sanctions were for breaches in the third quarter of 2017, Maimuna Jimada, spokesperson for the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), said in a statement.

Jimada said the contraventions included breaches of the rules on hateful speech, vulgar lyrics and unverifiable claims.

She said all the erring stations had been fined according to the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, in August warned that the government will clamp down on any radio or television station that broadcasts hate speech.

Mohammed cited the ignominious role played by a radio station in fueling the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 which led to the loss of over 800,000 lives in 100 days.

           

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