The Civil Society Action Group (CSAG) for violence-free elections has given the Independent Media Commission (IMC) its support to take firm action against media groups that do not adhere to the media code of conduct.
This was said in a press conference held at the IMC’s conference hall yesterday, organized by IMC and Civil Society to address national concerns on the activities of some media that are preaching hate messages.
The chairman of CSAG, Davidson Kuyateh while addressing journalists, civil society groups and political parties recommended that “IMC takes the following progressive steps to proactively address the present media crisis: to take legal action targeted at specific media houses or radio stations and individual journalists suspected of gross misconduct or behaviour in conflict with the contents of the code of conduct and Media Act.
He also urged the IMC to consider progressive and collective action to ensure adherence to media ethics.
In her statement the chairperson of the IMC, Bernadette Cole, recalled that over the past few days, a lot of concerns had been expressed by the populace over the violence that “we have been witnessing among the youth in some areas of the country”.
She maintained that in light of these violence, “some people have blamed the media, in particular the two political parties radio stations [“We Yone” and “Unity”]; others blame the utterances of the political leaders”.
The chairperson noted that others said it just sheer rudeness, hooliganism and lack of proper up-bringing on the part of some of our youth.
Madam Cole further explained that since the media had been apportioned some of the blame, the IMC decided to come together with CSAG to engage journalists in dialogue on the need for extreme caution especially at this time when there would be a presidential run-off.
She emphasized that, “IMC has been doing its best to uphold media pluralism and press freedom, but will not hesitate to bring down the hammer if this is what is required to bring sanity to the profession particularly at this very difficult time”.