The National Media Commission (NMC) has expressed deep concern regarding the recent attacks on UTV and is actively collaborating with the Ghana Police Service to address this troubling situation.
In a statement released on Saturday, the NMC emphasized its unease regarding the increasing trend of resorting to violence as a means to address grievances against the media and journalists. The NMC conveyed a strong message, stating that those responsible for such acts must recognize that violence does not contribute to better journalism. The Constitution, it pointed out, offers individuals who feel aggrieved by the media’s work the avenue to seek redress through the complaint settlement mechanism established by the National Media Commission.
The recent attack on UTV is particularly concerning as it occurred in the lead-up to the 2024 elections in Ghana. The NMC called upon political figures and all Ghanaians to understand that the nation’s future cannot be constructed on a foundation of violent attacks against journalists.
The statement further revealed that, in the coming weeks, the NMC will launch a comprehensive program to reactivate the Coordinated Mechanism for the Safety of Journalists in collaboration with key stakeholders. This initiative aims to ensure that the media can continue to operate without fear. The NMC assured the public of its full cooperation with the Ghana Police Service to thoroughly investigate this matter.
The NMC is an independent regulatory body tasked with overseeing the media in Ghana. Established under the Constitution of Ghana in 1992, its primary objectives are to promote media freedom and independence while ensuring media accountability to the public.
UTV, on the other hand, is a privately-owned television station in Ghana and is part of the Despite Media Group, one of the country’s largest media conglomerates.
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