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Mission & Role

The Mission and Role of the Authority

One of the most important aspects of the Authority’s wider duty is to safeguard the right to freedom of expression. Nevertheless, in order for the operation of radio-television bodies to be feasible, specific conditions and restrictions are necessary so as to serve the public interest and so that human rights are not violated and that harm is not caused to viewers and listeners. The need to regulate arises from a number of reasons relating to a) the role, nature and mission of radio-television and b) the fact that the airwaves are a public commodity and part of our national wealth, means that their exploitation must aim at safeguarding the public interest and maximising the social benefit. The need for regulation aims at safeguarding:

  • The right to freedom of expression, which is imposed and exercised in such a manner that the rights of others are not violated
  • The right to free and pluralistic information, as a condition to form an opinion and make a decision
  • Transparency in the ownership of media service providers in order to avoid oligopoly or monopoly conditions
  • The Media from unwanted persons.

The necessity for the Authority to protect the public is deemed necessary because, despite universal literacy, the language and the means with which television and radio operate are unique. In order for the public to have resistance / self-defence mechanisms against them, specialised knowledge and effort is required, that not all viewers and listeners possess and young persons in particular. When the viewer or listener is receiving messages from the television and the radio they do not have the time margin to filter and consider them. In most cases, these affect the way that television audience and radio listeners in a way that they are not aware of.

The European perception of radio – television is based on the concept that the radio and the television in every home is to be utilised with respect and in compliance with the rules and the habits of a family. Therefore, the content of radio-television programmes must be suitable for all the members of the family until the evening hours. The family zone is founded on the above concept, whereby only suitable programmes for general viewing are to be transmitted. Children are the focal point of the Authority’s protection of the public. Protecting them from programmes with unsuitable content is intended to safeguard their proper physical, mental and moral development.

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