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NMC/NCA record 64.7% unethical, unlawful content on airwaves- Report

NMC/NCA record 64.7% unethical, unlawful content on airwaves- Report
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By Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

The National Media Commission (NMC) says the second part of November 2023 saw an increasing trend of 64.7% in the overall number of reported cases of unethical and unlawful content on the airwaves above the first-fortnight report released on November 16, 2023.

This came to light during the joint monitoring report by the NMC and the National Communication Authority (NCA) for November 2023.

In the specific categories of unlawful and unethical content, fake lottery increased six-fold (676%) while occultism doubled (105 %). The report stated.

Below is the full report

NMC/NCA JOINT MONITORING – NOVEMBER MONTHLY REPORT

The second part of November saw an increasing trend of 64.7% in the overall number of reported cases of unethical and unlawful content on the airwaves above the first-fortnight report released on November 16, 2023.

In the specific categories of unlawful and unethical content, fake lottery increased six-fold (676%) while occultism doubled (105 %).

On the contrary, money doubling decreased by 23% while money rituals decreased by16%.

The overall data on issues complained against is as follows:

IssueFortnight 1Fortnight 2Monthly Total% change
Fake lottery13101114676.92%
Occultism183755105.56%
Money doubling152117269-23.03%
Money rituals5647103-16.07%

The top 10 stations against whom complaints were made were the following:

StationFake LotteryOccultismMoney doublingMoney ritualsInappropriate sexual content
Adwenpa TV101515320
Asomafo TV1602810
Elephant TV310720
X TV4012240
Diamond TV392350
Big TV641750
Passion TV0613170
Funny TV102830
Best TV212540
Energy TV512420

Repeat Offenders

The following stations who were cited in our fortnight report continued to carry out their offensive broadcast after we publicly cautioned them. They should take note that this constitutes their final warning. Regulatory action may be taken against them without any further reference to them.

1.      Asomafo TV

2.      Adwenpa TV

3.      Diamond TV

4.      X TV

5.      Funny TV

6.      Big TV

7.      Passion TV

8.      Elephant TV

9.      Best TV

10.  Energy TV

11.  Nkabom TV

12.  Seekers TV

On the related case of Onua TV and Onua FM, the Commission has filed a notice of suspension of authorization with NCA after the extended time expired without the stations apologizing or withdrawing their offensive content. They have subsequently filed a case in court claiming a right to carry the content the Commission finds offensive. The Commission will continue to update the public on the issue.

The Commission once again expresses its gratitude to the NCA for the positive collaboration in securing professionalism in broadcasting. We reaffirm our dedication to ensuring free, pluralistic, and responsible media in Ghana.

We encourage the public to continue to collaborate with us by calling the toll-free number 0800-419-666, to draw our attention to any content they consider unacceptable by the standards of media ethics, Ghanaian culture, traditions, and norms.

George Sarpong

Executive Secretary

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