Minister Charles calls for broadcasting code of ethics
April 1, 2011
Minister Charles calls for broadcasting code of ethics

Maxwell Charles, Minister of National Reconciliation, Information, Labour, Public Service and Ecclesiastical Affairs, has made a call for a broadcasting code of ethics.{{more}}

Charles made the call while speaking at the launch of the National Broadcasting Corporation’s (NBC) 25th anniversary celebrations last Tuesday, March 29.

“As a democratic nation we have opened up the airwaves, but with this must come responsible broadcasting,” Charles explained.

“But when we say these things the proponents of human rights may say that this infringes on people’s rights,” he continued.

The Minister said that such standards needed to be crafted and done so by a broad-based organization where members and key stakeholders were able to come together to set standards.

He further contended that since the opening up of the airwaves not all broadcasters were acting in a responsible manner.

This, in Charles’ opinion, warranted the formulation of a code of ethics for all broadcasters. (DD)