Ghana: New Regulatory Framework Should Be Fostered For The Broadcasting Industry - Stakeholders
During a consultative meeting led by the Ministry of Information in Accra, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame highlighted the path for the call to regulate media in Ghana.
Affording to Dame, the call to regulate media is constitutional and falls within international best practices. Dame said the 1992 Constitution architecture anticipated the need to control the media landscape to protect the citizens' reputation and rights and uphold public morality and order.
According to our media sources, a critical stakeholder meeting between Ghana Independent Broadcasting Association, National Media Commission, Ghana Journalists Association, UNESCO, National Communication Authority, National Cyber Security Centre, Media Foundation for West Africa, the National Security, and Bank of Ghana was held to deliberate on measure necessary to regulate media contents and the appropriate sanctions to offenders.
The convening meeting follows recent events in the media landscape. Media outlets allowed broadcasting inappropriate content such as a ritual for money, pornographic material, money doubling, fake news, and hate speech.
In his speech, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Information Minister, said Ghana had made significant progress in enhancing the media's freedom and expression and had become a shining example in Africa. However, there had been rising threats to media freedom due to inappropriate content by some media houses; therefore, it was imperative to regulate the media space to prevent further harm to the public.
Justice Sophia Banasco Bessah said there had been various attempts to sanction broadcasting legislation; however, the current legislation gave powers to the media. In response, the Information Minister noted when Parliament returned from recess, the stakeholders' deliberations would feed into the debate for passage into law the Broadcasting Bill.