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IMC condemns political incitements

IMC condemns political incitements

Recent publications in several of the nation’s newspapers and programmes on varied radio station have attempted to inform the public on current political developments as the 2012 general elections approach. Unfortunately some of these articles, stories and programs have significantly breached the Media Code of Practice by containing elements of indecency and incitement that can only serve to destabilize the current state of peace in the nation.

The IMC takes the strongest exception to the manner in which incidents and information of our recent civil war past have been reported and reflected to castigate politicians, political parties and other related institutions. The IMC wishes to remind all journalists of their expressed commitment in the revised media Code of Practice, to ensure that statements and releases are devoid of insulting language to avoid public unrest or breach of the peace.

Media practitioners are compelled by their professional imperative to edit out undignified or intemperate language in the information provided by politicians and other persons to the public. The horrific representation of war images in recent publications are bound to create disturbance of the peace and resurrection of painful recollections of the past.

While the IMC acknowledges that the country cannot run away from its past, it must be pointed out that it serves no useful purpose to use information and materials from the past selectively to vilify opponents or whip up tribal sentiments. The TRC was set up to heal the wounds created by atrocities perpetrated by various factions during the war and succeeded in getting the nation to forgive and forget.

The IMC therefore calls on all media personnel, proprietors, editors and journalists to maintain a sense of responsibility in the practice of the profession by refraining from using indecent, inciting or aggravating images and language that do not contribute to national peace and stability.

J.P.K. Lamin,
For and on behalf of the Chairperson and commissioners

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