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General News of Thursday, 21 April 2016


Supreme Court places injunction on new NMC law

The Supreme Court has placed an injunction on the implementation of the new law requiring media owners to seek content approval from the National Media Commission (NMC) before publication.

The Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA), dissatisfied with the new regulations, filed a suit at the Supreme Court to strike out the new law, arguing that some of the regulations are inconsistent with the 1992 Constitution which guarantees unfettered media freedom.

The National President of GIBA, Akwesi Agyeman, earlier said some aspects of the L.I somewhat reintroduces the repealed Criminal Libel Law.

The new L.I empowers the NMC to grant content authorization to an electronic operator or revoke same if it goes contrary to the L.I.

The Content Standards Regulation 2015 also entreats all radio and television stations to seek content authorization from the NMC before airing a particular programme or in default pay a fine or serve between two and five years in jail.