Broadcast Regulation

Ghana: Media Foundation Accuses Regulator Of Bias With Handling Of Sanctions

The Media Foundation For West Africa (MFWA) is unhappy with the Ghanaian media industry regulator -  National Communications Authority (NCA) - over the high and uneven handling of its sanctions and the possible breach of the citizen's right to information.
The MFWA, in a statement, referenced particular instances where it says it has evidence showing that some radio stations in Ghana were penalised, even "unlawfully" closed as a result of alleged political motivation. According to Mr Suleimana Braimah, the executive director of The Media Foundation For West Africa, his organisation obtained a list of all radio stations which have been closed down by regulatory order as well as all radio stations that are still compliant and operating in the country. It found that there was substantive evidence of bias across the board.
The MFWA said it had sent a formal request to the National Communications Authority in Ghana to explain why it appears to be treating licenced media stations differently based on political colourations and how such if found to be true is not in violation of existing Ghana's Right to Information Act.

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