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There is an urgent need to regulate the media – Yeboah Dame

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The Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame, says the efforts to regulate the media is cast in law and falls within international best practices, saying” regulating the media is not unconstitutional”.

He said the 1992 Constitution architecture anticipated the need to regulate the media landscape, to protect the reputation and rights of the citizens, as well as uphold public morality and order.

He noted that after the Constitution granted freedom of expression and information to the media in Articles 162 and 163, it also imposed reasonable limitations on the media to protect the rights of others.

Mr Yeboah Dame made these remarks at a consultative meeting convened by the Ministry of information in Accra, on Friday, to deliberate on broadcasting in Ghana.

This follows the recent happenings in the media landscape, with some media outlets allowing the broadcasting of inappropriate content such as money doubling, a ritual for money, pornographic materials, fake news and hate speech.

The meeting brought together key media stakeholders to deliberate on measures necessary to regulate the media contents and apply appropriate sanctions to offenders. The meeting will also discuss the Draft Broadcasting Bill and make inputs towards its promulgation.

Some of the participants include; the Ghana Independent Broadcasting Association, Ghana Journalists Association, National Media Commission, National Communication Authority, UNESCO, National Cyber Security Centre, Media Foundation for West Africa, the National Security, and Bank of Ghana.
SourceGNA

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