President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Mr. Roland Affail Monney, has welcomed the decision of the National Communications Authority (NCA) to close down some forty-nine (49) TV stations operating without authorization across the country.
Mr. Monney said the regulatory body is exercising its constitutional mandate by closing down the deviant stations.
“NCA is doing its job in the dispensation of rule of law. Everybody is under the law. In such dispensation; President Nana Akufo-Addo and Vice are all under the law. Chief Justice, Speaker of Parliament, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong; my good brother are all governed by the constitution. Everyone is under the law,” he said on Original 91.9FM’s Adwenekasa.
In a conversation with Kwaku Owusu Adjei, Thursday, Affail Monney, the GJA President said closing down illegal stations by the joint team of the National Communications Authority (NCA) and National Security is long overdue owing they have been operating without authorization for years.
In his view, certain contents aired on some of the television stations are terrifying and the regulatory body should have been swift to apply the laws against them.
“How many times has the President broadcasted live? But his message travels everywhere. Such contents have been aired for years.
Quoting John Maxwell’s phrase; “What repeatedly enters the mind, occupies, shapes and determines what you do and what you become”, Mr. Monney said some stations air obscure, unpalatable contents and promote money doubling concert during prime time influencing children to pursue get-rich-quick alternatives.
Mr. Monney added that the airing of ‘immoral”, “cheap” foreign soap operas instead of movies promoting high traditional values are to be blamed for the waywardness of Ghanaian children.
He explained that the ill attitude children display is a reflection of what they consume in the media and that has shaped their lives therefore parents cannot be blamed.