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Parliament Warns Radio Stations On Playing ‘Immoral’ Songs

Music and songs encouraging immorality have strongly been discouraged and condemned from being played on radio stations with the Eastern Equatoria State Parliament resolving to strictly censor all songs that indicate immoral behavior.

By Peter Lokale Nakimangole

TORIT, 12 September 2013 [Gurtong] – The leaders said that such songs should be avoided from being played on public radio stations because young South Sudanese will always listen to and interpret directly for action hence destroy their thoughts and their future lives.

The state Legislative Assembly threatened in one of their resolutions, raised by the SPLM Women list from Torit County, Hon. Angela Ajana Pio, to impede any radio stations found broadcasting such songs including immoral dramas considered immoral to the general public.

A section of the public has disclosed that they need songs that encourage and advocate for good morals and peace.

Torit residents who spoke to Gurtong recommended that there is a need to form a public protection committee to keenly monitor radio stations that secretly sneak into repeating the practice.

While the legislator, Angela ajana Pio, said some songs are very bad, abusive to women and misleading especially to children, MPs commented that a number of songs are immoral and should not be played for public on radio stations.

The State Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Clement Laku Chichim concurred that several songs played at various radio stations are informative and educative helping the public change attitudes from bad to good habits saying those songs that appear unhelpful to the public need to be discouraged from being televised or broadcast.

He empathetically clarified that songs that appear conveying harmful impacts to South Sudanese kids, girls in particular should be shunned.

Though the concerned Minister and the Parliament specify the imminent execution of the resolution, they both advocate that Media houses across the state if found guilty will face penalty consistent with the South Sudanese Media Act.
 

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