President of the Antigua & Barbuda Media Congress (ABMC), Colin James has given his full support to the establishment of a policy to regulate the local industry. However, James said, the document and the establishment of a commission to monitor its implementation must have broad-based input and be free of political interference. “A broadcast commission has to be free of political bias, free of political interference. Once we can get that in place, I don’t think we’ll have a problem,” he noted, explaining this was one of the aims of the Congress. “Maybe what is good for one media house may not be good for another so they need that independent regulatory body to deal with these issues.” Human rights advocates have begun preliminary work on the policy that was sparked by controversy over a Carnival hit song deemed to be promoting violence against women.


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