February 25, 2024

The current state of the power station, Radio Gold 90.5 FM

The Greater Accra Regional command of the Ghana Police Service has requested Seth Addi, a Russian based Ghanaian to postpone his plan to demonstrate at premises of the National Communication Authority (NCA) to a later date, preferably after the Christmas festivities.
Mr Addi have threatened a sustained action against the National Communications Authority (NCA) starting from December 19, 2019 in demand for the opening of Radio Gold and XYZ in a letter putting the Police on notice.
The police in reacting to the notification through deputy Regional Commander ACP Emmanuel Afriyie Sekyi proposed to Seth Addi to postpone his action until and after the yuletide.
But Seth has indicated his readiness to go ahead with his action despite an unfavorable response from the police.
Speaking to Ransford Kwesi Boakye on Gold Power Drive, Mr. Addi said he never requested for the protection of the police and that he asked permission from his employers to return to the country during the said period specifically for that purpose
For him (Seth Addi) the letter to the police, was in compliance with the legal requirement for protesters to notify the Ghana Police Service before embarking on their actions.
He said he was treating the letter from the police as an advice because the police are not empowered to stop his demonstration neither is the demand for notification meant to be a request for protection.
A group of demonstrators calling itself Free Media Vanguard had earlier presented a petition to the National Communications Authority (NCA) to reopen all radio stations it has closed across the country.

The group, argued that the move by the NCA to close down some media houses was a deliberate attempt by the government to gag the media, especially those that were perceived to be associated with the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) that were critical of government actions.

Many Ghanaians including owner of Ken City Media and a Chairman of Parliamentary Committee of Communications, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong have bemoaned the belligerent action by the authorizing body, but the minister is playing adamant.

The NCA, on Thursday, May 9, this year, shut down two Accra-based radio stations believed to be sympathetic to the NDC — Radio Gold and Radio XYZ.

Officials of the NCA stormed the premises of the stations with armed security personnel while they were on air broadcasting a press conference by the Council of Elders of the NDC to order their immediate closure.
Consequently, both stations went off air around midday as an enforcement action following a decision of the Electronic Communications Tribunal, the NCA said.

 

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