Leading NPP member Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko has said that media outlets are just as free to act politically and unprofessionally as politicians, who can utilize other means of calling them out or bringing them to the proper places.
He says anyone who feels wronged has two options: they can file a lawsuit in court to get the justice they need, or they can report these media outlets to the National Media Commission (NMC).
He continues by saying that an offended party has three more options if they choose not to pursue the two official ones: boycotting the channel, watching the show, or tuning out.
His remarks follow the October 7 invasion of a privately owned UTV by NPP-affiliated hooligans, an occurrence that the party and administration have denounced despite the fact that popular disapproval of the incursion has festered.
“A radio station or TV show has no obligation to be impartial. In fact, some even choose to lie and insult,’’ Gabby stated in a Facebook post sighted by 1Family Radio.
“You may call them out, complain to NMC, or sue them. But you can’t force them to be fair. Endure, enjoy, or tune out,’’ he added.
Gabby stated in a linked post that any media outlet has the right, albeit at the risk of losing reliability, to utilize its platform to critique political parties.
“A TV station is always free to use its platforms to attack a political party without giving that party a right to reply. Yeah, if that station is okay with losing credibility in the eyes of Ghanaians. The party has every right to call that station out, loudly but decently,’’ he noted.