Government ready to clamp down on unethical media content – Min Reveals


Ghana’s Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has indicated that measures have been put in place to sanitize the airwaves in the country.

However, the government will in due course reveal the said measures that have been put in place he said.

The minister made this known via a tweet on Friday April 16, he said “Today we chalked significant success towards sanitizing our airwaves and disallowing offensive content.

 “Details will be announced in a communique within 48 hours.”

Last week the Ministry of Information held a dialogue series with stakeholders on the Broadcasting Bill.

Mr Oppong Nkrumah who is also the Lawmaker for Ofoase Ayirebi said “Our gratitude goes to the National Media Commission, National Communication Authority, Ghana Journalist Association, Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association, Bank of Ghana, National Security Secretariat, Representative of the Chief Justice, CSOs and Academia.”

The nature of contents on the airwaves has become a subject matter following the gruesome killing of an 11-year-old boy at Kasoa allegedly for ritual purposes.

Internet and data service provider, K-NET has also warned television stations that promote spiritualists and money doublers.

“In recent days our attention has been drawn to the fact that some channels on our DTH platform use the medium to promote scammers, fraudsters, juju, and occultism, among others.

While some of this content is alleged to have fuelled two young boys to kill another yet younger boy, there should not have been any place for them on the platform in the first place.

We strongly advise that if you have been showing any of the content, then please cease and desist in order to restore the values of the platform.

Any channel failing to adhere to this directive and utilizing our bouquet license, albeit temporarily will be left without the cover and as such will be removed from the platform,” a statement from K-NET read.

By: Stella Annan | Twitter @activetvgh


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