Tanzania: Clouds TV Ordered to Run Apologies On Gay Interview

The Content Committee of the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has directed Clouds Television to apologise to viewers and Tanzanians in its bulletin for five consecutive days following airing of a programme that advocated gayism.

Reading the judgment to reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the committee Vice Chairman, Mr Joseph Mapunda said they also issued a strong warning to the city based television channel to observe regulations that guide content requirement in their programmes.

Moreover, they have been told to ensure that they correct all shortfalls that arise from their programme and they should be guided by programme content regulations.

He said the decision follows complaints raised by a section of the community following airing of a programme known as 'Take One' on June 28, this year between 21.00 to 22.00, in which the presenter, Ms Zamaradi Mketema was interviewing a gay person, which is against moral values.

He added that the presenter was posing questions which in return indicate that the act was good as it earned money and the means in which they apply to make the act pleasant.

"You are supposed to run an apology in your 19:30 and 23:00 bulletin for five consecutive days starting from the day of this judgment, and should be tabled to TCRA by Wednesday, 13th July by 16:00 hours," said Mr Mapunda when reading the judgment before the Clouds Television management under Mr Ruge Mutahaba.

However, he said if they are not satisfied with the judgment, they are free to appeal to Fair Competition Tribunal in 30-days starting yesterday.

He said Clouds have failed to protect Tanzanian national values and national point of view in the areas of observing good taste and decency, uphold public morality and protecting children from negative influences. Moreover, they were convicted for failure to take particular care to avoid blasphemy and take into account cultural and religious sensitivities.

Also, in broadcasting programmes which contain sexual aspects or conduct as stipulated in the regulations, the broadcaster did not take into account community values on exposure to unsolicited sexual material.

Talking to reporters shortly after the judgment, Mr Mutahaba said they were not satisfied with the ruling as they are thinking of appealing because they aim at educating the public on the extent of the problem so that precautions can be taken.

Source: Tanzania Daily News