Ed­i­to­rial pol­icy for the Swazi­land Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion

Observer on Saturday - - News -

he Bill sets the tone for the Swazi­land broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion as it it gives this en­tity pow­ers to have its own in­de­pen­dent ed­i­to­rial pol­icy as guided by the prayers of the pro­posed new leg­is­la­tion.

The leg­is­la­tion en­cour­ages the ed­i­to­rial pol­icy to re­flect, with­out bias, a range of opin­ions that may be philo­soph­i­cal, re­li­gious, cul­tural, tra­di­tional, sci­en­tific and artis­tic trends. It also sug­gests that the ed­i­to­rial pol­icy should con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of free and in­formed opin­ion. Other prin­ci­ples ad­vo­cated in this leg­is­la­tion in­clude re­spect to hu­man dig­nity, hu­man rights and free­doms as en­shrined in the coun­try’s con­sti­tu­tion. The ed­i­to­rial pol­icy is also an­tic­i­pated to ad­vance and fur­ther in­ter­na­tional un­der­stand­ing of the sense of peace and so­cial jus­tice of the pub­lic.

The ed­i­to­rial pol­icy is also chan­neled to con­trib­ute to the re­al­i­sa­tion of equal treat­ment and gen­der bal­ance as well as pro­motes moral val­ues and not broad­cast pro­gram­ming which con­tain, pro­mote or per­pet­u­ate hate speech , mes­sages.

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