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GBC risks going off-air : Akufo-Addo directs payment of debts owed ECG

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
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President Akufo-Adoo has directed the Information Minister as a matter of urgency to facilitate the payment of debts owed ECG by the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, GBC.

President  Akufo-Addo made this remark after the leadership of the National Media Commission paid a courtesy call on him at the Jubilee House.

At the meeting on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 Chairman of the Commission, Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh said the debt of GH¢25m has dire consequence for National Security Council if not paid promptly.

He said the National Security relies heavily on the services of GBC and its outlets to monitor events in the country.

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But in response, President Akufo-Addo acknowledged the important role GBC plays as an institution the same as the NCCE. He stated the need for the issues confronting GBC to be addressed.

Akufo-Addo also directed the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, to treat the issue as urgent to bring an amicable resolution.

The President, who has been meeting organised bodies, took the opportunity to caution the media against yellow-journalism.

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The media must be balanced and fair, the president admonished. Nana Akufo-Addo further called for a clear balance between media freedom and responsibility.