RURA should crack the whip on unprofessional broadcasters

I think the issue of media content regulation discussions need to reach further than this case and needs to include RURA as the regulator. There are many local TV stations that air movies rated adult (with bad language, sexually explicit scenes and violence) not to mention the movies that are in blatant copyright infringements, and RURA needs to crack down on such content aired when children are still watching TVs.
Amazing Grace Radio proprietor (right) Gregory Ryan Shoof explains himself before Rwanda Media Commission on Monday. File.
Amazing Grace Radio proprietor (right) Gregory Ryan Shoof explains himself before Rwanda Media Commission on Monday. File.

Editor,

RE: “Media body calls for three-month suspension of Christian radio station for alleged hate speech” (The New Times, February 13).

I think the issue of media content regulation discussions need to reach further than this case and needs to include RURA as the regulator. There are many local TV stations that air movies rated adult (with bad language, sexually explicit scenes and violence) not to mention the movies that are in blatant copyright infringements, and RURA needs to crack down on such content aired when children are still watching TVs.

Part of RURA’s responsibility includes media regulation as stipulated under the law dated June 30, 2017 (available on RURA website) governing broadcasting services in Rwanda. Article 21 governs the responsibilities of radio broadcaster and TV content provider which include: broadcaster should uphold national interest, national security and public morality, reflects Rwandan national culture and values, observes well edited programs and decency, and protects children from negative behaviors.

RURA has put in place monitoring and enforcement mechanisms which include enforcement against unsuitable broadcasting for children amongst others. Let’s hope the authorities will really help us parents to crack down on toxic content pushed to the public from broadcasters.

 

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