Zip FM promoting violent lyrics?
THE EDITOR, Sir:
The operators of the popular radio station for young people, Zip FM, might be interpreted as promoting violence in the impressionable minds of young listeners.
During the programme of a popular disc jock on the evening of Tuesday, November 18, 2014, the DJ aired the song To The Point, performed by Sizzla Kalonji, at 7:54 p.m.
The graphic lyrics which blazed through my speakers were: "... Mi say a death fi dem, watch it mek mi chop off di Pope Paul ..., watch it mek mi chop off di politician neck fi dem."
It is evident that the Broadcasting Commission, which says it is mandated to create policies and enforce the regulations, is not doing enough, or at least not with the force required to send a strong signal to offending licensees, since the management of Zip FM allowed its disc jock to air such violent lyrics in prime time without consideration that it would be bad for business.
It is full time that listeners take things into their own hands and lobby advertising entities who sponsor these shows to act decisively and pull their business from broadcasters that egregiously pollute the minds of our vulnerable citizens, particularly our children, with violence and distasteful and hostile behaviour.
Violent lyrics are not allowed over our public airwaves, and they certainly are not welcome in the already-violent society in which we live.
Broadcasting Commission, I am begging you, for Christ's sake, regulate and keep your licensees in check and sanction them when they breach the regulations.
ENTREPRENEUR, MOM OF 6-Y-O