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    Spiritualists in trouble as Ghana moves to Crackdown on unethical contents on TV, Radio


    Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, addressing the press

     

    Ghana is taking a crucial step to sanitize its media landscape.

    Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, told journalists at at press conference in Accra on Sunday, April 18, 2021, that  a multi-stakeholders Committee is being set up to monitor media contents in Ghana.

    According to him,  the Committee will be in charge of monitoring contents on radio and television stations nationwide.

    He said members of the Committee will be representatives from organizations such as Bank of Ghana, Office of the Attorney General, Ghana Jouralists Association, Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association, among others.

    The Minister indicated that the decision to form the Committee was taken at the national consultative dialogue held on Friday, April 16, 2021, in Accra, on broadcasting in Ghana.

    The work of the Committee, according to him, will be to monitor the broadcast landscape and identify unethical contents.

    Mr. Nkrumah explained that the Committee will provide an early warning for flagging such unethical contents.

    They will provide recommendations for revocation of licenses, suspension of frequency authority, recommendation for withdrawal of frequency, according to him.

    He indicated that the Committee will be formed in the coming days.

    He said that stakeholders were pleased to engage in open and frank discussions at the dialogue.

    The move could have adverse impact on the operations of mallams and other spiritualists who advertise their ‘services’ to people in Ghana.

    There have been calls to prevent mallams and spiritualists from advertising money rituals and other services on TV and radio.

    Recently, two teenagers from Kasoa in the Central Region, allegedly killed an 11-year-old boy named Ishmail, for money rituals after they claimed to have seen an advert from a spiritualist on television which claimed they can become rich instantly.

    The teenagers claimed after seeing the television commercial, they visited the spiritualist to his shrine and he alleged asked to make human sacrifice to become rich, hence their decision to kill the 11-year-old boy.

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