Tanzania: TCRA Sanctions Radio Stations For Violating Content Regulations
The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) through its content committee has slapped Family Radio, RASI FM and Dar es Salaam-based Magic FM with a fine of TZS 6 million for breaching content regulations.
The Content Committee Vice-Chairman of TCRA, Joseph Mapunda said that Rasi FM on 6 June aired a topic on sexual matters in its mid-day programme and the radio station’s presenter clearly disregarded broadcasting ethics by discussing the issue in inappropriate hours as stated by the electronic broadcasting regulations.
According to Mapunda: "The topic was broadcast at the wrong time of day because most children and teenagers usually listen to various programmes aired by various radio stations at that time. Therefore, that act was inappropriate and against the country’s culture because it could lead to moral decay among these children and teenagers."
Mapunda added that: “Promoting sexual acts is an unlawful offence in Tanzania and RASI FM has accepted their faults, apologised for the misconduct and have taken some disciplinary measures against the presenter who conducted the programme.” However, the committee has fined the radio station for the misconduct after establishing that it failed to protect children’s rights by promoting sexual activity and discussing adult topics during an inappropriate time."
The same offence of airing adult content was carried out by Dar es Salaam-based Magic FM on May 18 this year.