Volta Press Centre in Ho was inaugurated on Friday with a renewed call for a
broadcasting law in the country.
Mr Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh, Chairman of the
National Media Commission (NMC), who performed the ceremony, pointed out that
the absence of such an enactment has made it difficult to regulate the
For instance, he said that newspaper
publishers were constantly fighting radio and television stations for
bastardising their products by reading virtually all the stories on sponsored
newspaper review programmes, while television stations were diffused with
foreign materials of no utility value.
On a positive side, Mr Boadu-Ayeboafoh said
that media pluralism had empowered the ordinary Ghanaian to contribute to
The Chairman of the NMC touched on the recent
closure of some radio stations in the country for defaulting payment of their
frequency allocation fees and said that matters of freedom of expression must
be handled with caution.
“There are some people whose only sources of
information are these stations, but we must accept collective failure.
“Public bodies set up to manage frequency in
the name of our people have obligations not to cause disruptions and
individuals who are fortunate to be assigned such national assets have to live
up to their obligations to the state and public,” he insisted.
Mr Boadu-Ayeboafoh maintained that for the
journalist, freedom and responsibility could not be separated, since anyone
without freedom could not be called upon to exercise his or her responsibility,
while those who acted irresponsibly undermined freedom.
“Without reliability, one cannot be an
effective journalist,” he added.
Earlier, Kafui Kanyi, Chairman of the Volta
Regional branch of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) said the press
centre, the first and only such facility outside Accra, bore ample
testimony of the society’s faith in the media and readiness to invest in it for
good governance and rapid socio-economic development.
He said that the centre would serve as a secretariat
for the Volta and Oti chapters of the association, and a rallying point for all
“Very soon, we will have conference
facilities and transit quarters for journalists on the first floor,” he told
Monney, President of the GJA, commended the regional association for the
monumental achievement, saying, “Volta GJA has become a trailblazer and
standard measure of all the regional associations.”
Mattos, Press Attache of the US Embassy in Accra, pledged support for the GJA
to ensure a strong and vibrant media front in the country.
The Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Yao Letsa,
said the government attached great importance to the media, adding that “the
press centre is the result of the good collaboration between the Volta GJA and
the Volta Regional Coordinating Council.
Madam Elizabeth Ohene, a seasoned journalist and former minister-of-state chaired the function.
FROM ALBERTO MARIO NORETTI, HO
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