LET'S HOLD EMERGENCY NATIONAL DIALOGUE ON TV CONTENTS REGULATION- GYAN-APENTENG AT MTN GHANA BRIGHT MEDIA CONVERSATIONS

 


By Jerry Akornor 


Immediate Past Chairman of National Media Commission Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng says there must be established thresholds for media contents that must be aired during day time and late hours to stop inappropriate contents that influence bad  behavioural patterns of children. 



His comment follows the recent gruesome murder of a ten-year old boy by two teenagers at Kasoa for get-rich-quick money rituals. According to him, the NMC currently constituted lacks adequate capacity and resources to arrest the worrying trends and inappropriate contents on TV.  


Nana Gyan-Apenteng wants emergency national gathering of professional groups including GJA, NAGRAT and others to take decision on the display of inappropriate contents on TV. 



Speaking at the launch of Bright Media Conversations by MTN Ghana in Accra, the former President of Pan African Writers Association Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng said "This Kasoa murder of a ten year-old by two teenagers should put spotlight on the media regulation. We have to do things by law". There is no broadcasting law in this country. Let harmonise rules and regulations governing the media space".



"The NMC has 18  members including part time members, and sometimes resources to operate are simply not available. The display of money rituals by juju men on TV has no space in the media. I think experienced media practitioners in this country must assemble to take decision on the matter".


Meanwhile, Board Chairman of Graphic Communications Group Limited Prof. Kwame Karikari has urged the media owners and practitioners to focus on contents that shape society. According to him, the first duty of a journalist is to the public and citizenry whilst keeping government on its toes.

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