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Cable extension institutionalising criminality

Published:Friday | May 29, 2015 | 12:00 AM


The announcement that the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica has given cable operators an additional three months to continue to pirate copyright materials owned by American entities is so shocking and outrageous that one could not avoid feeling very nauseous at its full implications.

The authority has not only failed to prosecute these operators for what is clearly an illegal act, but it has gone on to reward them by extending the time they have to perpetrate the criminal act.

As is customary, the authority has no idea of the moral ramifications of this fiasco. Take, for example, why should the person who is charged for illegal connection to the Jamaica Public Service Company or National Water Commission facilities not feel that this is happening to him only because he does not have friends in high places?

Besides, why is this person not given the opportunity to continue to trespass on these facilities for another four months without any threat of prosecution, as was the case with the cable operators?

Much as we hate to admit to it, many of the degrading practices and behaviours that have become normalised among sections of our society were copied from some of those who now pretentiously appear sickened by those practices and behaviours.

Woe to those who do not know that morality is immutable. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.