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Demo hits Accra over closure of radio stations

Staff of Radio Gold and Radio XYZ, as well as some civil society groups, charged through the streets of Accra Tuesday.

Chanting patriotic songs, with the national anthem given much prominence, the protesters demanded a quick U-turn from the government on its “stifling of media freedom.”

The protestors are accusing the government of using state bodies to stomp on freedom of the press.”

What informed their allegations is that the National Communications Authority (NCA), regulators of radio frequency in Ghana, has withdrawn the licenses of two pro-opposition radio stations; Radio Gold and Radio XYZ.

Radio gold demo

According to the NCA, the two stations have violated their licensure agreements.

The decision to shut down the stations is in accordance with the ruling of the Electronic Communications Tribunal, the NCA argues.

But the protestors are not convinced.

The conveyor of the Free Media Vanguard group, Prince Minka said the authorities “should apply wisdom in enforcing the law.”]

Radio gold demo

Opposition NDC MPs including Okudzeto Ablakwa [in red shirt] behind joined the protestors

The group marched to the NCA office and presented a petition to the authority demanding reversal of its decision to shut down the stations.

Minka said he would lead the group to more protest marches should the NCA fail to act within seven days.

A Deputy Director of the NCA, Olivia Quartey, who accepted the petition promised to have their concerned forwarded for attention.

Radio gold demo
Source: Ghana

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