Prophet Dr. Kofi Oduro, the founder and senior pastor of the Alabaster International Ministry, has condemned the New Patriotic Party (NPP) over a letter calling for adjustments to a show on a private TV station, United Television (UTV).
Recall that his Sunday services were once routinely broadcast on UTV, but the broadcast unexpectedly ended without reason and was supplanted by movies.
A letter purporting to be from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) ordering United Showbiz’s producers to strike a balance in their political debates because they seemed to be overly scathing of the current administration sparked backlash from those who have accused the government of constraining the nation’s media outlets.
In response to these occurrences, Prophet Oduro expressed his dismay at the news in a widely circulated clip seen by 1Family Radio.
He also voiced dissatisfaction over the fact that people are able to determine what media outlets can broadcast on their respective channels.
“I was shocked that a letter was written from the current government to UTV. You are dictating to a private station who you like and who you don’t like. So somebody can sit at home and be making instructions. “I don’t like this guy,’’ he said.
“No wonder “Daa Nkwa Nsem” has been removed from Thursday afternoons and replaced with movies.’’
He further recounted an encounter with a TV station representative who stated they would be willing to give him airtime for his programs under the requirement that he not criticize the nation’s authorities.
“I remember when a young man saw me; my team was trying to get a new contract with W3TV. The guy came from Movement TV, and we were talking, and he told me, We would love you to come on our network, but please never speak against President Akufo-Addo and the Government of Ghana,’’ he narrated.
These recent events have spurred discussions on social media, with many people raising concerns about the country’s free speech and media freedom laws.