Mahama insists closure of Radio Gold, XYZ was politically-motivated

Mahama insists closure of Radio Gold, XYZ was politically-motivated

Former president John Mahama has expressed certainty in the fact that the closure of pro-NDC radio stations; Radio Gold and Radio XYZ, were politically-motivated.

The National Democratic Congress flagbearer stressed that the National Communications Authority (NCA) should have done its best to avoid the closure of stations.

Mahama made these remarks at the Oxford Saïd Business Centre.

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“There are more than 300 radio stations in Ghana. Why those two? Definitely, there were political reasons behind the closure of those stations and so it is unfortunate.

The role of a regulator is to build, not to destroy. So if they haven’t renewed their licenses, it is your duty to remind them you haven’t renewed your licenses and eventually you must even give them notices and give them a deadline,” he noted

Mahama said if notice had been given, the closures, which have been criticised by observers like the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), it "would be understandable".

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Mahama however suggested that he expected better from the Akufo-Addo administration on this matter.

“The president has prided himself on being a human rights campaigner and I don’t think things like this should be happening under his watch,” he said.

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