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NCA shuts down 4 radio stations in Bawku

By Vincent Ashitey
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The National Communications Authority (NCA) has shut down four FM Radio Stations in Bawku, in the Upper East Region.

The affected media outlets are; Bawku FM, Source FM, Zahra FM and Gumah FM.

In a press statement dated February 24, the Authority said that the move was necessitated upon the recommendation and advice of the Upper East Regional Security Council and the National Security Ministry.

“…the operations of the said FM Stations and the incendiary utterances of their panellists/presenters have contributed to the escalation of the Bawku conflict, leading to the loss of lives and property in Bawku and its environs,” portions of the statement read.

The NCA, invoking its powers under Section 13(1)(e) of the Electronic Communications Act, 2008 (Act 775), justified the shutdown as a necessary step for national security and public interest.

This section empowers the Authority to suspend or revoke licenses or frequency authorizations when such actions are deemed essential for national security or the public interest.