- Free Media Vanguards has given the NCA a one-week-ultimatum to reopen closed stations
- The group believes the radio stations where closed down due to political pressure
The National Communications Authority (NCA) has been given a one-week ultimatum by the pressure group, Free Media Vanguards, to reopen all radio stations it has closed, on grounds that their licenses have expired.
According to the group, the NCA's basis for closing those radio stations was politically motivated.
The group organised a street protest with the presentation of a petition to the NCA, and insisted two major pro-opposition stations, Radio Gold and Radio XYZ for instance had deliberately and politically been targeted.
Chanting amidst singing, the protesters demanded a U-turn on the part of the NCA and said the government was “stifling media freedoms.”
A Deputy Director of the NCA, Olivia Quartey, who received the petition on behalf of the NCA promised to forward the concerns to the appropriate quarters.
Two major pro-opposition political party radio stations based in Accra, Radio Gold and Radio XYZ, together with some other private radio stations outside of Accra have been shut down by the NCA on grounds that their authorisations for the frequency they were using had expired without they initiating moves to renew them within the stipulated period.
This, the radio stations have however challenged and insisted they long initiated moves to renew the licenses but the NCA snubbed them.
According to the NCA, the license of Radio Gold, for instance, expired in 2000, while that of Radio XYZ expired in 2016 but they failed to renew them, as required by law.
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