SCCOM reg­u­la­tory func­tion re­tained

Observer on Saturday - - News -

he Broad­cast­ing Bill en­sures that all pow­ers and func­tions of the Swazi­land Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (SCCOM)are up­held in terms of reg­u­lat­ing broad­cast­ing ser­vices in the coun­try in a man­ner that will in­form, ed­u­cate and en­ter­tain the pub­lic. As a reg­u­la­tor, SCCOM shall also en­sure a bal­anced de­vel­op­ment of broad­cast­ing on ra­dio and tele­vi­sion.

The pow­ers of the com­mis­sion shall also be up­held in terms of the en­tity re­ceiv­ing and deal­ing with com­plaints against li­censees and tak­ing any ac­tion it con­sid­ers ap­pro­pri­ate.

The com­mis­sion is also tasked to set ac­cept­able stan­dards for pro­gram­ming and ad­ver­tis­ing as well as mon­i­tor­ing com­pli­ance with those stan­dards. The com­mis­sion also has the man­date of en­sur­ing that all broad­cast­ing ser­vices in the coun­try do not en­cour­age or in­cite crime or racial ha­tred lead­ing to dis­or­der and of­fend­ing the pub­lic.

The com­mis­sion is also tasked with en­sur­ing li­censees give ad­e­quate in­for­ma­tion, ed­u­ca­tion, cul­ture, en­ter­tain­ment and recre­ation and that all con­tent is im­par­tial and ac­cu­rate.

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