- The Information Minister says it was the GBC Director General who requested the setting up of a special court for TV license defaulters
- He says government was unaware of the request to setup the special court
- The National Media Commission will meet on Friday, January 5th, 2018 in order to deliberate the matter
The Minister for Information, , Mustapha Hamid, has stated that the Director-General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Dr. Kwame Akuffo Anoff-Ntow, is behind the setting up of a special court to prosecute people who fail to pay their TV license.
According to the minister, the government was completely unaware of the move to setup a special court in order to prosecute those who default on their TV license payments.
Mr. Mustapha Hamid revealed that the Director-General of GBC took his own initiative - without informing government - and requested a special court be established so those who fail to pay their TV licenses get prosecuted.
Speaking on Joy News channel's current affairs program, Upfront, Mustapha Hamid insisted that neither the Attorney-General, nor the Information Ministry knew of the development prior to the Judiciary's response, which indicated the special court had been setup.
“The Director-General of GBC, on his own, writes to the Secretary of Judicial Service and says that he should set up a court. In fact, it is the response of the Judicial Service Secretary to him, saying that in response to your letter...we have set up these courts. That letter was then leaked into the public space," he said.
A large section of the public have condemned government's move to both implement the TV license law, and especially to set up a special court to prosecute defaulters.
Some have remarked that the GBC does not deserve to receive any funds generated by the new levy, and have listed various reasons for it.
"Even the whole understanding about why people should pay TV licence [is not there]...people are not even sure whether TV licence is paid in respect of the sets that people own or in respect of the content that they consume," said the Information Minister.
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According to Mr. Hamid, he told the GBC Director General that no public sensitizing has been done to educate the public on why they should pay the new tax, adding the proper system to collect the taxes had not been set up.
He explained that the National Media Commission will meet on Friday, January 5th, 2018 to deliberate the issue, and said the public would be notified of the outcome of that meeting.
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