The National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) has warned media houses in the country to cautiously feature user-generated content in their reports.
In a statement released on Tuesday night, the regulator said this directive is aimed at preventing embarrassment to “individuals, organisations, government or cause disaffection, incite to panic or rift in the society at large”.
The NBC said it has been monitoring the coverage and reportage of the #EndSARS protests and commended media houses for being conscious of their role as gatekeepers and the fourth estate of the realm.
“In specific terms, the commission enjoined broadcasters to take definite note of the following provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code to further guide their broadcast during this challenging time,” the statement read.
The sections of the broadcasting code extracted by the NBC as a reminder for media houses are:
1.3.3 Broadcast technology enables the broadcaster to bring information on issues of concern to the audience with immediacy. In the event of a crisis, the advantages of broadcast technologies may be used but not in a manner to aggravate the situation or adversely affect those emotionally involved;
5.4.1 (b) At all times, ensure that the coverage of a disaster or crisis is aimed at the overall public interest, guidance, and safety;
5.4.3 In reporting conflict situations, the broadcaster shall perform the role of a peace agent by adhering to the principle of responsibility, accuracy, and neutrality;
5.6.2 The broadcaster shall approach with restraints, the use of materials from user-generated sources in order not to embarrass individuals, organisations, government or cause disaffection, incite to panic or rift in the society at large
Videos allegedly showing attacks on #EndSARS protesters have been circulating on social media.