Shutting down Radio Gold, XYZ “opaque, arbitrary, capricious” – MFWA

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has described the National Communications Authority’s (NCA) decision to shutdown pro-opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) radio stations - Radio Gold and Radio XYZ as “opaque, arbitrary and capricious...


The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has described the National Communications Authority’s (NCA) decision to shutdown pro-opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) radio stations - Radio Gold and Radio XYZ as “opaque, arbitrary and capricious.”

The NCA said the two stations are among many radio stations operating without valid authorisation.

But MFWA in a statement said while it fully supports any actions intended to enforce regulations governing allocation and utilisation of frequencies in the country, the NCA’s action in relation to the two radio stations and perhaps others, “can best be described as opaque, arbitrary and capricious.”

According to the Foundation, its checks on the NCA’s website on Monday, 13 May 2019 indicated that both Radio XYZ and Radio Gold were listed among the list of authorised FM stations in the country as of the last quarter of 2018. “If one were to go by this data produced by the NCA itself, one would ask at what point did these stations become unauthorised?

“Secondly, checks on the same NCA database, indicated that a vast number of radio stations had not renewed their licences since their acquisition. This then leaves one with the question: if stations that had not renewed their licences were to be shut down, why penalise some stations and leave others?”

MFWA further noted that the use of armed police officers for the conduct of the exercise was “typical of how authorities in repressive regimes would always seek to muffle pro-opposition media.” It said the manner in which the radio stations were shut down could have been justified if the stations had been notified to shut down and they had been recalcitrant in complying with such orders.

“It is important to point out that in all cases where states have sought to repress sections of the media, the most potent weapon has always been the use of the law. What is important therefore is the transparency and the even-handedness in the application of the law and the NCA in this particular instance has not been transparent in the consequential actions being taken following their audit,” the statement added.

MFWA wants the NCA to publish the details of all radio stations in default based on the 2017 FM spectrum audit that was conducted, and the current status of those radio stations.

The Foundation said it supports any efforts by regulators that operators comply with their licensing requirements but has urged such regulatory bodies not to abuse their power by engaging in acts that may suggest selectivity and discrimination in enforcing the laws.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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