- Former VRA CEO has criticised the NCA
- He's stated that the Constitution of Ghana says there is no need for radio stations to seek authorization
- Says President Akufo Addo once fought similar legal battles when he represented "Radio eye"
Mr. Charles Wereko-Brobbey, former Chief Executive Officer of the Volta Regional Authority and former active member of the governing New Patritotic Party (NPP), has criticized the National Communications Authority (NCA) for its decision to reprimand some radio stations over their lack of licensing.
The NCA recently revealed a list of 131 radio stations deemed to have fallen short of regulation, or are operating without the proper licensing. This following the conclusion of a nationwide FM spectrum audit conducted by the authority to ascertain the current status of stations in the country.
Section 13 of the Electronics Communications Act (2009), ACt 775 basically accords the NCA the authority to revoke an entity's license for several reason, one of which is the license holder's failure to "comply materially with a lawful direction of the Authority".
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According Mr. Wereko Brobbey, these regulations are trumped by the Constitution of Ghana, Article 162(3), which he believes does away with the need for authorization.
In a Facebook post on his personal profile, Mr. Wereko-Brobbey expressed that President Akufo Addo himself once was of the same opinion when he represented "Radio EYe", something Mr. Wereko-Brobbey didn't believe had changed.
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"No to Authorization as instrument of suppression of Press Freedom. ALUTA CONTINUA WE DONT NEED WOLVES IN SHEEP CLOTHING." Wrote Mr. Wereko Brobbey.
Read Mr. Charles Wereko-Brobbey's post in full below:
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