The Maldives Broadcasting Commission (MBC) has reprimanded private broadcaster DhiFM for repeated use of “indecent language” during programmes aired by the radio station and simultaneously broadcast live by sister network DhiTV in its “visual radio” segment.
In a press statement released last week, the commission said that it has advised DhiFM to strengthen its editorial policy and comply with the broadcasting agreement.
MBC noted that all broadcasters had a responsibility to ensure that its content was in accordance with provisions of the broadcast license agreement and did not contain language that could be considered offensive.
However, the commission did not specify the kind of language featured in the radio station’s live programming.
“Broadcast content should not include any words, gestures or actions that does not fit social norms of conduct,” the MBC statement noted.
It added that the commission has recently met broadcasters to discuss legal measures that could be taken for violations of the broadcasting agreement.
Deputy CEO of DhiFM Mohamed Jinah told Minivan News that the MBC’s statement was made regarding remarks by a caller during a live program called “Morning Edition.”
“He made comments about the President, and that same day we officially informed the commission and the police about this incident,” Jinah explained. “We do not tolerate that kind of behaviour and we will never encourage it.”
Jinah noted that last week a popular local TV station broadcast video footage of MPs using objectionable language.
“But the commission does not seem to have seen or heard that,” he said. “It’s very unfair that the commission has not said anything about it. Before broadcasting any material, the broadcaster has to check the content, it is a responsibility of the TV station.”
Jihan revealed that the police were currently investigating the case.