Closure of Four Radio Stations in Bawku Prompts Managers to Petition NCA and NMC

The managers of the four radio stations shut down by the National Communications Authority (NCA) in Bawku have announced their intention to petition both the NCA and the National Media Commission (NMC) regarding the closure. The NCA, citing national security concerns, closed Bawku FM, Source FM, Zahra FM, and Gumah FM in Bawku, Upper East Region, based on incendiary remarks by panelists and presenters that allegedly contributed to the escalation of the Bawku conflict, resulting in loss of lives and property.

The NCA, invoking its powers under Section (1)(e) of the Electronic Communications Act,2008 (ACT 775), stated it may suspend or revoke a license or frequency authorization for reasons related to national security or public interest. However, the General Manager of Gumah FM, Nurudeen Gumah, claimed that the NCA did not engage the media houses on the allegations and asserted that management would pursue the matter through petitioning and lodging a formal complaint with the NMC.

Gumah expressed hope for a resolution, stating, “We are hoping that by next week we will be back on air.”

The closure has triggered reactions among residents who are dissatisfied with the NCA’s actions. One resident highlighted concerns that social media platforms, especially Facebook, have been more harmful in escalating the crisis compared to traditional news outlets. The resident emphasized the need for investigations into pseudo-accounts on social media that contribute to violence, questioning the focus on closing radio stations rather than addressing the broader issue.

The closure of the radio stations has stirred discontent within the community, prompting both the affected managers and residents to voice their concerns and seek redress through official channels.

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