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JM | Oct 13, 2022

Broadcasting Commission’s music ban not a restriction on free speech, says info minister

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Robert Morgan, minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for information.

The Government is defending the ban imposed by the Broadcasting Commission on music promoting illicit content, declaring it is not intended to restrain rights to freedom of speech but, instead, promote decency and moral standards. ]

Robert Morgan, minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for information, said the Government has a responsibility for the “spaces that we control… to set the standard and set an example”.

“There are so many other portals you can use to promote your artistic freedom, but free to air [is] accessible to every single member of our society, no matter their age,” he argued, while addressing Wednesday’s (October 12) post-Cabinet press briefing.

“…it is not about fighting crime; it is about decency and standards.”

Robert Morgan, minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for information

“The thing about radio is [once it is on], I’m not the only one who is hearing it. It is a public facility that caters to the public, that is licensed by the government [and] is regulated by particular laws. So, it is not about fighting crime; it is about decency and standards,” he pointed out.

The Broadcasting Commission ban includes content transmitted through radio, television or cable services of any audio or video recording, live song or speech that promotes and glorifies illicit activities such as scamming, drug abuse and gun violence.  

The Commission further advised that the transmission of any edited song that directly or indirectly promotes scamming, illegal use or abuse of drugs, illegal or harmful use of guns or other offensive weapons, jungle justice or any form of illegal or criminal activity is also strictly prohibited.

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