Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Sulemana Braimah has recommended govt for the community dialogue on the Broadcasting Invoice anticipated to be handed into law should really it be authorised.
Speaking on Joy FM Friday, he uncovered that the drafting of the bill’s passage is prolonged overdue as a country that has appreciated virtually 30 years of independent broadcasting.
He instructed Prime Story host, Evans Mensah “it is pretty astonishing that the country is however to finalise a framework that will answer to what is provided for in Post 164. According to him, there requirements to be laws to guarantee that the freedoms are skilled appropriately.
“I feel it is extensive overdue. It ought to have been in put way again since we started out the whole idea of liberalising the airwaves and therefore getting a great deal of media businesses coming into becoming,” he reported.
His responses adhere to concerns raised by Ghanaians on the absence of a laws to look at media material pursuing the gruesome murder of 10-calendar year-outdated Ishmael Mensah by two young people for brief cash rituals.
Mr Sulemana Braimah indicated whilst there is some existing legislation this sort of as the Electronic Communications Act among other individuals, they are “adequate plenty of to deal with the exigencies of our time.”
For him, despite attempts to place out a broadcasting framework, past governments have carried out a disservice to the country by dwelling on self-regulation, which according to him has not absent very properly. Even if they did he suggests would not warrant the absence of a broadcasting bill.
“As a state, we haven’t completed rather effectively at self-regulating. Of course there have been makes an attempt around the yrs, the GJA, GIBA. I consider all these bodies have manufactured tries to have procedures to self-control.
“But the fact is that even if we ended up doing very perfectly with self-regulation, we would however want these kinds of a complete broadcast bill and in that situation, what we say is that we only vacation resort to the legislation when we have failed to self-control and thus even if we have been prosperous, it wouldn’t have been that as a outcome of currently being profitable, there wouldn’t be the require for the variety of legislation that is staying contemplated or remaining labored on,” he extra.
He intimated that some Francophone counties like Togo, Cote d’Ivoire have a sound self-regulatory overall body since they have help from the condition in terms of methods.
According to him, Ghana is lagging guiding in the implementation of such a monthly bill. Nonetheless, he says “better late than never” in ensuring that the region has a framework to guide and guard the sector.
He, thus, lauded the Data Ministry for getting up the mantle to make certain the country also has a broadcasting regulation to regulate all establishments in the sector.
“I imagine that the course of action that is ongoing is genuinely best and I will have to commend the Ministry of details for the participatory character that this approach is becoming engaged and at the conclusion of the working day, I’m rather confident that we would have a laws that would answer properly to our desires,” he mentioned.