Friday 24 May, 2019

TATT holds firm on warning to Sat Maharaj

The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) says it is holding firm on its warning to Central Broadcasting Services Limited with regard to its breach of Clause D9 of their Concession to operate a Public Broadcasting Service.

It says the headline, ‘Sat Strikes Back; TATT Backs Down on Maha Sabha Head’ in Friday’s Express Newspaper is misleading and does not represent the Authority’s position.

The Authority’s warning is related to statements made by the host of the programme ‘Maha Sabha Strikes Back’ on TV Jaagriti on April 15, which TATT says were found to be divisive and inciteful.

Clause D9 states that:

... the concessionaire shall not:

a) transmit any programme, information or other material which degrades or portrays in a negative manner or discriminates against or encourages discrimination against any person or group by reason of race, origin, class, religion or sex;

c) broadcast programme, information or other material which endangers the security of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, violates any law, is of a defamatory nature, is subversive to peace or public order or is otherwise contrary to the laws of Trinidad and Tobago".

TATT says this is the first warning to Central Broadcasting Services Limited and as indicated in both the initial letter to the Station and subsequently to its Attorneys no further action will be taken based on that breach occurring on the programme.

It added that this clarification was made so that the Broadcaster was aware that no sanction was applied on their ability to broadcast.

The Authority said it reiterated its warning in both letters and added that it holds firm that it reserves the right to take further action should there be any further breaches of Clause D9 by Central Broadcasting Services Limited.

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