Jamaica Bans Music And Television Shows Promoting Violence And Drug Use • Hollywood Unlocked

Broadcasting officials in Jamaica have banned music and television programs that promote violence, criminal activity, and drug use.

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The ban was implemented after Jamaica’s government wanted to “cut back” on material that could give the wrong impression, claiming that criminal acts “is an accepted part of Jamaican culture and society. However, Jamaican artists are saying the ban does nothing to stop crime and completely removes communities that are heavily affected by gun violence out of the conversation as reported by NBC News.

“The broadcast of any edited song which directly or indirectly promotes scamming, illegal use or abuse of drugs, illegal or harmful use of guns or other offensive weapons, “jungle justice” or any form of illegal or criminal activity is strictly prohibited. This includes live editing and original edits (e.g. edits by producer/label) and the use of near-sounding words as substitutes for offensive lyrics, expletives or profanities. “

The ban occurred in response to the country’s increase in gun violence after a study by Insight Crime listed Jamaica to have the highest rate of violence within the Caribbean and Latin America last year.

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To be clear, the broadcast of a sampling of any song which promotes or glorifies scamming, illegal use or abuse of drugs (e.g. ‘Molly’), illegal or harmful use of guns or other offensive weapons, “jungle justice” or any other form of illegal or criminal activity is prohibited.”

Grammy winning artist Stephen McGregor, also known as Di Genius, said his music was banned before but it didn’t last too long. Additionally, the ban imposed on the artists’ right to free speech and he believes the government should focus more on decreasing the violence due to the current economic crisis in Jamaica.

“The music that comes from that, people are not going to be creating happy, feel good ‘one love, one heart’ music in those circumstances. You can’t force the creatives to paint a picture that’s not really in front of us.”


The ban faced criticism on social media by other Jamaican artists as their revenue comes from streaming platforms such as youtube and Spotify.

Originally published at hollywoodunlocked.com

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