Action against 131 radio stations not political-Communications Minister
| Updated Oct 20, 2017 at 2:04pm
Library file: Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful
The Minister of Communication, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, says the actions taken by the National Communications Authority, on 131 Radio stations is not a political persecution or act to supress free speech.
According to her it is absurd for anyone to suggest that some media houses were handpicked to face sanctions.
She said the 131 radio stations failed, refused or neglected to abide by the conditions thee grant of frequency authorisation.
The minister said the fines slapped on these stations commensurate with the infractions committed by the radio stations as they were mandated by law.
Mrs Owusu- Ekuful, said this in a statement in parliament on the spectrum Audit carried out and actions taken by the NCA.
She said any radio stations which feel they have not gone contrary to the NCA laws should feel free to petition the Authority for the issue to be dealt with.
She noted that after the authorisation has been revoked the frequencies will be re-issued to new applicants who have been on the waiting list.
Mrs Owusu Ekuful said community radio stations which have violated the law will however be dealt with leniently after they have demonstrated the willingness to respect and obey the rules going forward.
The MP for Ningo Prampram and a member of the Communications Committee, Samuel George, said the old schedule of penalty does not give the NCA arbitrary power.
The laws only give sanctions of two thousand to three thousand cedis.
It is therefore wrong on the part of the NCA to impose the sum of ten thousand cedis a day.
He said the schedule of penalty was gazetted in 2015 so the retrospective application of the law by the NCA must not be entertained.
The MP for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo- Markin said though the NCA has laws barking it to impose fees and fines it should temper justice with mercy.