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Censorship Office uplift ban on Jayrex songs

BY PHOEBE GWANGILO

The temporary ban on the songs of the local artist Jason Suisui widely known as Jayrex, has been uplifted by the Censorship Office following a court order from the Kavieng District Court.

Chief Censor Jim Abani explained that there was an Interim Protection Order sought from the Kavieng District Court on the 7th of June by Mr Suisui eight days prior to the ban (June 15th) imposed by his office.

The Interim Protection Order refrain Hazel Schulz from interfering with the music of Mr Suisui.

On June 5, Hazel Schulz delivered a complaint letter attached with documents of court proceedings, court depositions and medical reports for her case against the accused Mr Suisui.

The compiled documents submitted to the office generally pointed out social physical and mental abuse from the accused.

“Thorough investigations into the lyrics of some of the songs, one of them is “Rabisim Mi” as indicated in the complaints report was carried, after which officers found out that the lyrics are “general and not implicating or targeting any person or individual.”

Mr Abani said upon further investigation with Mr Suisui and his lawyer, the IPO was brought to their knowledge.

He said the investigation established that the song lyrics of that particular song and other songs sung by Mr Suisui were all okay according to the Classification and Publication Act.

“A decision is now reached to uplift the ban. Approval is now granted to all radio and television stations, night clubs and bars, public and internet users to publish the publications (songs) by Jason Suisui. “

The office of Censorship took a stance to ban Mr Suisui songs under section 17(2) and section 18(1)(b)(d)(e) and 18(2) of the classification and Publication (Censorship) Act, 1989 which stipulates the chief censor’s function and powers conferred upon on him or through expert advice as the chief censor to consider appropriate decisions on any matter relating to publications and broadcasting.