Fans of the incarcerated artist took to the MP’s social media accounts to air their complaints, after she expressed her views in an interview on Nationwide 90 FM, last Tuesday, Feb 21.
Hanna was speaking during a discussion about how violence in the country is intertwined with certain negative aspects of popular culture.
“To set examples, we have to identify what rules are rules, and what privileges are privileges. If you are convicted, perhaps it is [that] your music needs not be played on the radio,” Hanna said.
“The issue where Kartel’s music keeps coming out more than any other person — because I haven’t heard any new songs from Buju (Banton) since he has been incarcerated — we need to get to the root cause of that,” Hanna insisted.
In suggesting that an investigation be conducted into Kartel’s production and release of music, Hanna made it clear that she was not singling out the popular dancehall artiste.
“We need to find out how the songs are being made. How are they getting out? Is there corruption in the prison system? Not only for Kartel; I’m not singling out Kartel alone. I’m singling out, across the spectrum, [those] who are having an imprint on our children’s value system,” Hanna asserted.
However, her comments earned the wrath of social media users. Instagram users left nasty comments under photos she had posted in the past.
Among the overabundance of comments on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were also death threats against the politician.
Lisa Hanna is Jamaica’s Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) spokesperson on Youth and Culture.
According to reports, Jamaican police are now investigating vicious death threats made on social media against Lisa Hanna after she called for recordings of incarcerated dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel and other murder convicts to be banned from the airwaves.
Vybz Kartel, whose given name is Adidja Palmer, was in 2014 given a life sentence, being only eligible for parole after 35 years, for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.
Since his incarceration, new recordings are being heard from him almost on a monthly basis.
Vybz Kartel has been awarded and lauded for his music at various award shows. The most recent being the Youth View Awards, where he won five awards, including Dancehall artiste of the year.