Former Communications Minister Dr Edward Omane Boamah has called out the ruling New Patriotic Party led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for supervising over the clamp down of two major radio stations believed to be aligned with the main opposition National Democratic Congress.
In a statement sighted by attractivemustapha.com, Dr Edward Omane Boamah said he has an unshakable conviction that partisan politics influenced the decision by government to close the stations.
Read full statement below
Happy World 🌎 Radio Day!
*Former Communications minister , Dr Edward Omane Boamah writes,*
In 2011 the Member States of UNESCO proclaimed World Radio Day. As a result, February 13 was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (2012) as an International Day for radio 📻.
As we celebrate radio today, across the globe, I commend all stakeholders who work tirelessly to inform, educate and entertain us via the power of radio.
Furthermore, I wish to single out producers and engineers who may never be heard on radio but on whose shoulders the final outputs rest. I cannot forget the hardworking men and women at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) whose tireless efforts impact on radio broadcasting.
Radio is a powerful medium and must be accessible and affordable to all.
Unfortunately, as we celebrate radio today, the government of Ghana is deploying skullduggery and communist inferior tactics in the name of law enforcement to clampdown on dissenting radio stations in Ghana.
For example, radio gold and radio xyz among others remain closed. Additionally, only this week another radio station in the Volta region has been added to the unenviable list of sanctioned/closed down radio stations.
Justification? May be!
But, I have an unshakable conviction that partisan politics is influencing the decisions of the National Communications Authority (NCA) in their unbridled quest to close down dissenting radio stations at the slightest whisper of justification.
Radio 📻 promotes human development and diversity. It is a bedrock for diversity and dissent hence must be managed in a democracy with tact and not with Hitlerite brute force.
Happy World Radio Day!