NMC has power to control ‘juju’ content on TV – Oppong Nkrumah

Ghana’s Information Minister, Hon. Oppong Nkrumah has said that the National Media Commission has the authority to control content on our screen despite the absence of a broadcasting bill.

Mr. Oppong Nkrumah made this known after Chairman of NCM, Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafo body stated that the commission has no control over content shown on TV.

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The NCM Chairman comment comes after Ghanaians call for the ban on juju adverts on TV after two teenagers who murdered their colleague for money rituals at Kasoa claimed that a spiritualist they saw on TV instigated them to commit that crime.

Speaking in an interview with Beatrice Adu on The Big Bulletin, Nkrumah described Boadu-Ayeboafo’s statement as rather unfortunate.

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“Already there are constitutional provisions which give the National Media Commission the power. If you look at Article 167 (b) it says, to take all appropriate measures to ensure the establishment and maintenance of higher journalistic standards in the mass media etc.

“I am one of those who is of the view that under Article 167 (b) of the NMC Act they even have powers as at now to act. Act and be condemned but to sit back that we have no powers to act in an instance like this, I don’t think I agree with them,” the Ofoase/Ayirebi MP said.