Melbourne community radio station 3ZZZ has responded to complaints about programming Russian propaganda.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the ACMA was investigating the station after receiving complaints that it was broadcasting Kremlin propaganda on the Ukrainian war, pushing President Vladimir Putin’s false narrative that Russia is seeking to “demilitarise and de-Nazify” Ukraine.
The ACMA said it was concerned about the complaints it had received.
Some called for the program to be immediately shut down.
3ZZZ have responded by issuing the following statement.
“3ZZZ statement regarding complaints about our Russian program
3ZZZ condemns all acts of war and violence.
3ZZZ promotes harmony and diversity and contributes to an inclusive, cohesive and culturally-diverse Australian community, the first guiding principle under our Community Radio Broadcasting Codes of Practice.
Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, 3ZZZ broadcasters were reminded of their obligations under our Constitution, policies and Codes of Practice.
A complaint was raised by listeners that a Russian broadcaster was broadcasting offensive materials in conflict with our Codes of Practice.
In response to the complaints, 3ZZZ management has taken the following actions:
- Responded to each complainant within one day advising that the complaint was under investigation in accordance with our complaints process.
- Advised the volunteer broadcaster of the complaints and requested a formal response to the allegations.
- Met with the volunteer to emphasise the seriousness of the matter.
- Moved to suspend the volunteer.
- Translated the programs into English by independent, accredited translators.
- Reminded all 3ZZZ broadcasters of their responsibility to adhere to station policies and the Codes of Practice.
- Monitoring to ensure the Russian program complies with our Codes of Practice.
The 3ZZZ Council (Board) has been actively monitoring the situation.
George Salloum – President
On behalf of the 3ZZZ Council”