The National Media Commission (NMC) has issued a warning to Media General against the use of its station, Onua TV, to promote violence.
The NMC also urged the media house to put in measures to ensure an end to what it refers to as “dangerous behaviour” of Onua TV.
“Last week, your station carried an inciteful broadcast in which Captain Smart directly insulted the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) and other Commanders of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) as beasts.”
“He claimed the officers embezzle monies meant for soldiers on peace keeping operations but offered no evidence to back his claims. This was as dangerous as it was unprofessional,”the NMC said in a statement issued Tuesday, 14 November 2023.
The NMC further expressed concern that despite cautioning the station that it was using its platform to promote violence against the state, the behavior was still persistent.
“We are now compelled to come to the board again as a way of giving the company a last opportunity for internal gatekeeping,” the NMC stressed.
It therefore directed the media company to “put in measures to stop the dangerous behaviour of the station and improve the station’s capacity for regulatory compliance.”
It also asked the station to “withdraw the insults and apologise to the CDS and his commanders. We further ask the station to apologise to the Ghanaian public for the use of vulgar language”
The station is expected to undertake the directive of the NMC and present evidence of same to before “November 19, 2023 after which date,” the Commission noted “may hear further from” it.