The Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism has warned the organizers of Big Brabee Liberia against screening any content on their reality television show which goes against established guidelines on public decency and obscenity. At a meeting on Monday, July 5, 2021, BBL organizers were specifically told to immediately halt the broadcast of sexually explicit images, video and audio, or other contents that run afoul of Liberian cultural values.
Deputy Minister Daniel Gayedyu, who presided over the discussion, emphasized the need for the organizers to abide by the principles they had committed themselves to during their application process as contained in the regulations and guidelines of the Government regarding such media production. He said MICAT’s rules forbid the airing of contents that are obscene and sexually explicit, appealing to prurient interest.
Deputy Ministers Boakai M. Fofana and Lance Gba-goyon also notified the BBL team that they risk losing their permit to continue airing the show if they fail to conform to the national standard. “MICAT has a responsibility of protecting the public trust”, said Minister Fofana, “these guidelines should set the legal parameters for broadcast”.
For his part, BBL’s Executive Director Fred Ola Ola apologized on behalf of his organization, while promising to ensure that they scrupulously
follow MICAT’s guidelines going forward. He said they have been working very hard behind the scenes in order to stop some of the acts that the public has been railing against. He promised that they will continue to do more in this regard.
It was decided that MICAT will assign an inspector with BBL’s production team in order to ensure they are compliant.
Monday’s meeting was also attended by MICAT’s Assistant Minister for Culture, Margaret Frank, and the Assistant Minister for Info Sytems, Daniel Thomas.