The National Media Commission (NMC) has reiterated the need for the country to have a comprehensive broadcasting law to spell out the fundamental principles and objectives of broadcasting in Ghana.
According to the media-content regulatory body, the absence of the Broadcast law has handicapped them in monitoring and evaluating media outlets in the country.
Speaking on our morning show, Campus Exclusive, Chairman of the Commission, Mr Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh said that due to the absence of a paramount law, it has become difficult to institute regulations that would inspire adherence in media landscape.
“The biggest difficulty as a media commission and the country is the fact that we do not have a broadcasting law. And the problem is that in law, when there no enactment upon which regulations can be constructed and you make regulations, they may be hanging and therefore their enforcement is very limited.”he said.
He thus called on the government to bring into force a broadcast law to promote the practice of quality journalism in Ghana.
“What we should all strive for is, as we look forward to make broadcasting essentially effective to national development we should also demand the passage of the broadcasting law”. He added.
Adding to that, Mr Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh said that the commission cannot regulate freedom of expression on New Media platforms.
“The National Media Commission does not have any mandate to sanitize freedom of expression in the country. It is not only that which get expressed in the mass media that the national media commission has been given the mandate. So the NMC cannot regulate social media. What it can do, if anything from social media finds its way in the main stream media then it becomes part of the responsibilities of NMC”. He said.
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