News:Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe advises radio stations not to broadcast today's stay away

<vote /> The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe has written a letter advising radio stations not to broadcast today's stay away as it would be a violation of Broadcasting Services Regulations of 2004 which requires that they do not broadcast programs that incite, encourage or glamorise brutality or violence. The letter was addressed to Star FM, ZiFM Stereo, Ya FM and Diamond FM. The letter also suggests that the broadcasters be technically equipped to handle live programmes and avoid broadcasting obscene and undesirable comments from participants, callers and audiences You can read the letter below:

Media Centre Rainbow Towers Grounds

PO Box CY 496 Causeway

Harare Tel 263-4-79738011/2/3

Fax 2634-797375 Email info@baz.co.zw

Website www.baz.co.zw


4 July 2016

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation

AB Communications (Pvt) Ltd t/a Zi FM

ZIMPAPERS Limited t/a Star FM Diamond FM

Ray of Hope Pvt Ltd t/a Ya FM


RE: PROGRAMME CONTENT AND PRESENTATION

In view of recent disturbances taking place in some parts of the country and the broadcaster's general mandate to inform the citizens on current affairs, the Authority hereby remind yourselves of provisions of the Broadcasting Services Act as read with its regulations regarding the programming content requirements for such times and events.

Please take note in your portrayal or reportage of news and current affairs programming of section 26 of the Broadcasting Services (Licensing and Content) Regulations of 2004 which among the provisions requires that you do not broadcast programs that incite, encourage or glamorise violence or brutality. We also advice that you be technically equipped to handle live programmes and avoid broadcasting obscene and undesirable comments from participants, callers and audiences in accordance with 18(a).

Please be guided accordingly.

Yours faithfully

0. MUGANYURA CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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