The Jamaican broadcasting regulator imposed a ban on music deemed to glorify drugs, crime, and gun violence, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.
Jamaican authorities created the ban with the intention of limiting the spread of music with the potential to “give the wrong impression that criminality is an accepted feature of Jamaican culture and society,” according to the AP.
The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica also targeted words relating to financial transfers and opulent lifestyles, the AP reported. Banned words include “jungle justice,” “client” and “bank/foreign account.”
NEWS: The Broadcasting Commission has issued a directive requiring broadcasters to immediately stop airing any song or video which promotes scamming, abuse of drugs, illegal or harmful use of guns, jungle justice or any form of illegal or criminal activity. pic.twitter.com/ej6AOcq0jF
— Ricardo Brooks (@Ricaaduh) October 11, 2022
Artists in Jamaica say that the ban will shift public focus away from the realities on the ground in the country, according to the AP. (RELATED: John Rich: ‘Country Music Industry Is Out Of Touch With The Audience’ Following Latest Campaigns)
Jamaican Grammy Award-winning artist Stephen McGregor, known by the stage name “Di GENIUS,” said “the music is coming from what is happening in Jamaica for real,” the AP reported. Other Jamaican artists including Rvssian, NotNice, and Romeich also voiced criticism over the ban.
Many also say the ban, applying to music or video on public broadcasts, will do little to quell the spread of material over online streaming platforms, the AP reported.
The ban is not the first to hit the island nation. Jamaican regulators banned music relating to sexual activity and violence in 2009, according to the BBC.