Group to stage demo over shut down of radio stations on May 21
A group called the Free Media Vanguards, say they will stage a demonstration protesting the closure of some radio stations in the country by the National Communications Authority (NCA) on May 21, 2019, in Accra.
The National Communications Authority (NCA) recently have shut down some radio stations citing the failure of these stations to renew their licenses.
About six radio stations have been shut down so far including NDC affiliated Radio Gold and Radio XYZ.
The group says the move by the NCA is an abuse of its powers and a suppression of press freedom.
Prince Minkah who is the convener of the group in an interview with Citi News says they will present a petition to the NCA to rescind its decision.
“We are embarking on this demonstration in order to drum home our consistent message on the need for all Ghanaians especially journalists to rise up against this trend of media suppression in our country.”
The group were cleared earlier this week by the police to embark on the protest from the El-Wak Sports Stadium to the Airport area, where the NCA office is located.
Prince Minkah said the protest is non-political and the group will also petition Parliament over the matter.
The National Communications Authority (NCA) has insisted that the closures are due to non-compliance with the laid down license regulations but that has been discounted by managers of some of the affected radio stations including the CEO of Radio Gold, Agyenim Boateng who described the NCA’s action as “unprecedented in the history of Ghana.”
The group on Friday held a vigil at the forecourt of Radio Gold, Lartebiokorshie in Accra.
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