Lisa Hanna, a minister for Youth and Culture in Jamaica said last week that Vybz Kartel should be banned from the airwaves.

“The issue where Kartel’s music keeps coming out more than any other person because i haven’t heard any new songs from Buju since he has been incarcerated, i think we need to get to the root cause of that”,The Opposition Spokesperson on Youth and Culture said on Wednesday during an interview.

“We need to find out how the songs are being made, how they are getting out, is there corruption in the prison system,” she added.

”If you are convicted until you are not convicted perhaps it is your music needs not be played on the radio.”  

Because of these statements, death threats were sent her way by “Gaza nation” members. Some saying she should issue an apology, resign from her position and others threaten to kidnap and rape her.

“like you want we kid nap and rape you ### big educate woman like you nuh have no more then a topic of vybz kartel like you want man shoot up yah house later badness it name Gaza you can’t stop”, one person commented.


Lisa Hanna told The Jamaica Observer that the comments made on her social media page since making the statement reinforces her point of view about violence and vulgarity in dancehall. “The disgusting comments on my social media pages exposed the dark and vitriolic underbelly of this new normal and justified the point I was making,” she said.

“I pray that all Jamaicans who value common decency will find the courage to push back against this new normal and defend Jamaica’s true culture,” she added. “If we lose this battle, however unpopular the battle or its choosing may be, we will have lost Jamaica.”



However, the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica said that there is no law that can officially ban Kartel from making and releasing music on the radio.

The commission added that the Department of Correctional Services is the appropriate authority to determine whether Kartel is allowed to produce music in custody, “To be clear, as it concerns convicts, their privilege or ability to create music whilst incarcerated is governed by correctional rule,” the commission said in a press release.


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