The Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa, Sulemana Braimah, disagrees with the decision to temporarily suspend operations at Oyerepa FM and TV in Kumasi due to remarks made on the platform by Akwasi Addai Odike, the founder of the United Progressive Party.
According to Mr Braimah, the injunction is an attempt to stifle the media outlet in question.
Speaking to Citi TV, he explained that, â€œIt is a worrying development, and it is an act of censorship being imposed by the traditional authorities on the radio station. In other words, when the radio station or media organization in that jurisdiction errs, traditional authorities will say â€˜we have the power and authority to shut you downâ€™,â€
Due to remarks he made about chiefs and their involvement in the fight against illegal mining in the Ashanti Region, Odike incurred the wrath of the Kumasi Traditional Council.
He was charged with stirring up the youth against their chiefs as well.
Since then, the Kumasi Traditional Council has ordered the management of the media outlet to temporarily halt operations beginning on Friday, August 26, 2022, as an act of repentance for allowing Odike to allegedly make derogatory remarks about local chiefs.
The order, according to Mr. Braimah, is not supported by the law and may provoke violence from some local youth organisations.
â€œI do not seem to fathom any legal provision under which a traditional authority can say we are shutting down a radio station.â€
Source: The Independent Ghana