The Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK) Sunday morning slapped Homeboyz Radio with a hefty fine of KSh 1M and a six – month suspension of a morning show program for failing to adhere to the programming regulations stipulated by the communications regulatory body.
Radio Africa and Homeboyz Radio have been thrown into troubled waters after the station’s morning program (Lift Off) hosts Shaffie Weru, Joseph Munoru (DJ Joe Mfalme) and Neville Muasya issued insensitive comments championing for gender based violence uttered on Thursday.
The trio, who have since been fired were accused of blaming and shaming a sexual violence victim that was thrown down a city building by her Facebook boyfriend after resisting his sexual advances last year.
“The Authority, while undertaking routine monitoring, noted that Homeboyz Radio had made derogatory comments against women during its breakfast show of 25th March 2021. The comments were in violation of the provisions of the law and the Programming Code in respect to the requirements for broadcasters to air decent and family – oriented programming during the watershed period.
“The said measures included a public apology by the station and the presenters; institution of a disciplinary inquiry into the conduct of the presenters for a period of two weeks; and suspension of the presenters during the period of the inquiry notes that pursuant to Section 46I of the Kenya Information and Communications Act, No. 2 of 1998, all licensed broadcasters are obligated to.
In light of the gravity of the foregoing breaches and given that this is a repeat violation, the Authority has taken regulatory actions against Homeboyz Station by Levying a penalty of Kshs1000, imposed a six-month suspension of the offending show until the Station demonstrates compliance with all statutory and regulatory requirements, CAK has also directed that the staff of the station undergo training and sensitization on gender issues.
The station has also been directed to publish a public apology in two newspapers with nationwide circulation and air the same apology on the station during prime time starting from today for the next five days.
Homeboyz Radio has been demanded to reviews its editorial policy to align it with requirements of the law on gender, and file the same with the Authority, ensure that its presenters are accredited by the Media Council of Kenya and files evidence of compliance with the Authority.