November 26, 2015
Maldives Broadcasting Commission has requested from local broadcasters to refrain from broadcasting content which threatens national security, disrupts societal harmony and air content which promotes unrest. The Commission made the appeal in regard to broadcasters live coverage of planned political gatherings to start on 27th of November.
Following is the translation of the Circular published by the Commission today.
“With regard to the live coverage of planned political gatherings starting from 27th November onwards, the Commission appeals from all local broadcasters to refrain from broadcasting content which threatens national security, disrupts societal harmony, inaccurate reporting and promote unrest. Broadcasters at all times should follow the “Broadcasting Code of Practice” formulated in accordance with Article 37 of the Broadcasting Act and should broadcast with a delay of minimum 60 seconds while airing live protests as stated in Article 55 of the Peaceful Assembly Act.
The Commission also requests from local broadcasters to urge their journalists who cover protests and gatherings to carry the “Accreditation Card” issued by the Commission as per the “Regulation on Accreditation of Journalists Covering Gathering/Protests” formulated in accordance with the Peaceful Assembly Act. And also to follow Commission issued “Guideline on Covering Protests and Unrests”.
Furthermore, the Commission requests from all state institutions to cooperate and provide assistance in promoting democratic values of freedom of expression and freedom of the press.”