|I.--(I) The freedom of all broadcasting licencees is
from and subject to the same restraints as those relevant to the indi-
vidual person, and is founded on the individual's right to be
informed and to freely receive and disseminate opinions.
|2. Broadcasting licencees shall-
(a) not broadcast any material which is indecent or obscene
(b) exercise due care and sensitivity in the presentation
obligations of broadcasters
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(c) exercise due care and responsibility in the presentation of
programmes where a large proportion of the audience is likely to
|News||3.--(I) Broadcasting licencees
shall report news truthfully, accurately and objectively.
(2) News shall be presented in an appropriate context
and in a
(3) Where a report is founded on opinion, supposition, rumour or allegation, it shall be presented in such a manner as to indicate clearly that such is the case.
(4) Where it subsequently appears that a broadcast . report was incorrect in a material respect, it shall be rectified forthwith, without reservation or delay.
|Comment||4.--(I) Broadcasting licencees
shall be entitled to comment on
and criticise any actions or events of public importance.
(2) Comment shall be presented in such manner that it
(3) Comment shall be an honest expression of opinion.
|5.--(I) In presenting a programme
in which controversial issues
of public importance are discussed, a broadcasting licencee shall make reasonable efforts to present differing points of view in the same programme or in a subsequent programme within a reasonable period of time and in substantially the same time slot.
(2) A person whose views, deeds or character have or has been criticised in a broadcasting programme on a controversial issue shall be given a reasonable opportunity by the broadcasting licencee to reply to such criticism, should that person so request.
|Elections||6- During any election period,
all broadcasting licencees shall
ensure equitable treatment of political parties, election candidates
and electoral issues.
|Privacy||7. In so far as news and comment are concerned, broadcasting licencees shall exercise exceptional care and consideration in matters involving the private lives and private concerns of individuals, but may however bear in mind that the right to privacy may be overridden by a legitimate public interest.|
|8. No payment shall be made to persons involved in crime or who have been engaged in crime in order to obtain information, unless compelling public interest indicates the contrary.|
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