The Private owners of media in Ghana are fighting against the passage of a Broadcasting Law that would regulate the Broadcasting sector.
This is according to the Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa, Sulemana Braima.
He made this known in an interview with Afriwakeradio.com at the sidelines of the ongoing World Press Freedom Day in Ghana.
According to Mr. Braimah, the cartel that have dominated the media landscape in Ghana with multiple ownership of media organizations spanning radio, TV, and online among others, have been a stumbling blog against the passage of the bill because it is not in their best interest.
He observed that a large number of the media organizations in the country are either in the hands of politicians or are held in trust by surrogates of these political actors who have high-jacked the media space to serve their own political interest in a bid to manipulate and set the agenda in the media landscape.
It is therefore not surprising that the conversation about a possible introduction of a Broadcasting Bill has been pushed to the background since there is no political will to regulate that Sector. In effect, the raging conspiracy by the media ownership cartel in Ghana, supported by the ruling political class has made the advocacy of a broadcasting law a non-important issue that need to be addressed.
The Executive Director of the Media Foundation explained that, since a Broadcasting Law may prohibit multiple ownership of the media spectrum, these cartel of private media owners have ganged up against the Bill which has been on the drawing board for the past 20 years in the country.
Research in Ghana has shown that the conflict of interest between media owners and politics, and a weak regulatory system further pose a threat to freedom of expression in the country.
When asked why it has taken so long for such a law to be promulgated in the country and whose responsibility it was to push for the law to see the light of day, Mr. Braimah observed that, “every single one of us must take part of the blame. The Civil Society Organizations, the politicians, the citizenry, the media practitioners and the journalist should all take the blame for the present state of affairs.”
He said the only way political and multiple ownership of the media landscape would end in the country is when a living broadcasting law is passed.
Source: Clement Akoloh/Afriwakeradio.com