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Jamaica Bans Music Promoting Criminal Activities Such As Scamming, Drug Use And Gun Use

Jamaica bans music promoting criminality

The Jamaican broadcasting regulator has forbidden radio stations from playing music that praises or promotes criminal behavior including violence, drug usage, con games and the unauthorized use of guns.

The restriction; according to the Jamaican government has been put in place to limit information that can give the wrong impression to foreign countries that criminality is acceptable in Jamaican culture and society.

The Executive Director of the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica; Cordel Green, made it clear during an interview that Jamaican musicians should release music based on pertinent material. Additionally, he said that before broadcasting music, broadcasters should follow the context of the song.

The restriction comes as Jamaica's government struggles to reduce the country's high crime rate. Because youngsters are developing an unfavorable opinion of their country's music, the Executive Director thinks that radio stations must make an effort to foster a better Jamaican culture.

"I don't think any broadcaster that is accountable will have a problem. To practice responsible broadcasting, one need not even make reference to the instructions. The fact that it would and should not be regarded proper to be promulgating on public airways rather than on private control subscription-based channels is not confusing or difficult, in the name of God; Mr. Green asked.

The Jamaican Broadcasting Commission also claims that, despite the existence of freedom of speech, anything endorsing illegal activity is in violation of the "tenets of responsible broadcasting."

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