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THE Federal Government has announced that its newly- unveiled reviewed Broadcasting Code has provisions to increase the hate speech fine for people found culpable of hate speech from N500,000 to N5 million. This is as it said the amendment of the broadcasting code is boosting local content, among other provisions.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who made the increased hate speech fine known in on Tuesday while unveiling the reviewed code, stated that the amendment contains the anti-trust provision aimed at encouraging the growth of the local industry.

The minister, who was speaking at the unveiling ceremony organised by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC),  aid the anti-trust provision would boost local content and local industry due to laws prohibiting exclusive use of rights by broadcasters who intend to create monopolies and hold the entire market to themselves, as it will also encourage  open access to premium content.

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“I must explain that this provision is not new to Nigeria broadcasting. Exclusivity was disallowed at a certain time in the  history of our broadcasting. I recall Multichoice sub-licensing matches to other local operators in Nigeria. I recall  HITV engaging several local operators on sub-licensing the when they got the rights,” he said.

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According to him, the revised code contains the law prohibiting backlog of advertising debts in order to promote sustainability for the station owners and producers of content, as well as the law on the registration of web broadcasting,  which will grant the country the opportunity to regulate negative foreign broadcasts that can harm the nation.

“The provisions on the responsibility of broadcast stations to devote airtime to national emergencies obviously mandates terrestrial and pay- channels to make their services available to Nigerians at time of national emergencies – like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – for their and enlightenment,” the minister said.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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BREAKING: FG obtains fresh order to stop planned labour strike

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The Federal Government has obtained a fresh order stopping the Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress from embarking on their planned strike which is to start on Monday .
The restraining order was issued on Friday by Justice Ibrahim Galadima of the National Industrial Court in Abuja , following an ex parte application by the Office of the Attorney -General of the Federation.
This came barely 24 hours after the same judge made a similar restraining ex parte order in favour of a group , Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association , on Thursday .
The duo of Acting Director of the Department Civil Litigation of the Federal Ministry of Justice , Mrs Maimuna Shiru, and Mr Tijjani Gazali , led the Federal Government ’s team , who moved the ex parte application that was later granted by Justice Galadima on Friday .
The NLC and TUC had jointly declared to embark on a nationwide strike on Monday to press for the reversal of the recent hike in electricity tariff and petrol pump price .

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‘Enough is enough’: China attacks US over COVID-19 claims at Security Council

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China on Thursday lashed out at the United States at a high-level UN meeting over its criticism on the coronavirus, with its envoy declaring, “Enough is enough!”
Two days after President Donald Trump used his annual address to the General Assembly to attack China’s record, its ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, strongly criticized the US role in global affairs.
“I must say, enough is enough! You have created enough troubles for the world already,” he told a Security Council meeting on global governance attended through videoconference by several heads of state.
“The US has nearly seven million confirmed cases and over 200,000 deaths by now. With the most advanced medical technologies and system in the world, why has the US turned out to have the most confirmed cases and fatalities?” he asked in English.
“If someone should be held accountable, it should be a few US politicians themselves.”
Using a phrase often told by US leaders to China, Zhang said, “The US should understand that a major power should behave like a major power.”
The United States “is completely isolated,” he said in remarks enthusiastically backed by his Russian counterpart.
Speaking earlier in the session, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Craft, voiced anger at the tone.
“You know, shame on each of you. I am astonished and I am disgusted by the content of today’s discussion,” Craft said.
“I am actually really quite ashamed of this Council — members of the Council who took this opportunity to focus on political grudges rather than the critical issue at hand. My goodness.”
Trump in his speech Tuesday had demanded action against China for spreading the “plague” of Covid-19 to the world.China suppressed news of the respiratory disease when it first emerged last year in Wuhan and initial advice played down the risks of transmission.
China’s communist leaders have more recently tried to transform the narrative into one of the country’s success in stopping the virus.
Trump’s response to the pandemic — which he has provocatively called the “China virus” — has emerged as a major political issue as he seeks a new term in the November 3 election.
– Africans seek debt relief –
With concerns over Covid upending global travel, the UN General Assembly went virtual for its annual extravaganza, which usually brings 10,000 people into a congested section of midtown Manhattan.
Several African leaders used their virtual addresses to the General Assembly to plead for more international assistance, fearing that Covid will impede development.
“Our nations are asking for financial support that rises to the level of the economic crisis they’re witnessing,” said Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou.
“Just a debt moratorium will not be enough faced with the challenges that have arisen. We simply have to cancel the debt completely,” he said, reiterating a call made Tuesday by his counterpart from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi.
The Group of 20 major economies in mid-April suspended debt payments for the poorest nations through the end of the year as they face major budget shortfalls due to the Covid shutdown.
The African Union is seeking to extend the moratorium through 2021, warning of dire economic effects from the health crisis.
“This pandemic could erase more than a decade of economic growth and social progress achieved by the African continent,” Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara said.
Despite the economic concerns, Africa has been one of the regions least affected in health terms by Covid-19, with the continent reporting 1.8 million cases and 34,500 deat

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