The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has advocated for the Broadcasting Bill to be passed by Parliament.
In a statement issued on February 13, GJA stated that the passage of the Bill is a critical step towards sanitising the airwaves.
“We urge the Executive and Legislature to give maximum attention to the Bill and get it passed immediately.
“In fact, the Executive and Parliament cannot absolve themselves of blame for the current state of radio broadcasting in Ghana, and they cannot raise any clean hands against the ills of radio broadcasting in Ghana until they work in concert to pass the Broadcasting Bill immediately,” portions of the release stated.
The Broadcasting Bill’s purpose is to provide comprehensive legislation on broadcasting services regulated by the National Media Commission (NMC) and the National Communications Authority (NCA) in accordance with the Constitution.
GJA issued this call in response to World Radio Day, which this year’s theme is “Radio and Peace.”
The release also urged the National Media Commission (NMC), as the regulatory body, and other institutions of authority, such as the National Communications Authority (NCA), to work together to bring wrongdoing radio broadcasters and stations to order
The GJA anticipates that the NMC, in particular, will be proactive in its monitoring function, sanctioning radio stations that violate professional and ethical principles.
GJA also congratulated all radio broadcasters who have adhered to professional and ethical standards while working tirelessly to advance the cause of peace and national development.
“May you continue to bear the flag of peace, and may your professional deeds bear good fruits for national development,” GJA added.
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