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IBA urges broadcasters to refrain from being used as conduits of hate speech

Written by on April 23, 2021

The Independent Broadcasting Authority has called on all broadcasting stations not to be used as conduits of hate speech and other tribal utterances likely to foster disunity in the Country.

Speaking during a media breakfast this morning, IBA Chairperson, Mable Mung’omba advised broadcasting stations to notify the police of their hosting of guests such as politicians and other influential personalities so that the police can assist with security for the guests, staff and the station as a whole.

Mrs. Mung’omba also encouraged stakeholders including members of the public to familiarize themselves with the Complaints Procedure against broadcasters as outlined in the IBA ACT of 2002. She said the meeting was aimed at creating awareness on the safety of journalists and building the reporting capacity of radio and television stations in view of the forthcoming August 12th General Elections.

Mrs. Mung’omba reiterated that any interference, disturbance, harassment, violence or attack against journalists and broadcasters is an infringement on the rights of the media.

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