Onua Radio/TV and Captain Smart have received a final warning from the National Media Commission (NMC) about their inciteful program.
The NMC declared in a press release dated Tuesday, November 14, 2023, that “last week, your station carried an inciteful broadcast in which Captain Smart directly insulted the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) and other Commanders of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) as “beasts.”
Although he provided no supporting proof, Captain Smart asserted that officers embezzled funds intended for soldiers participating in peacekeeping missions.
“This was as dangerous as it was unprofessional,” the NMC stated in the document sighted by 1Family Radio.
“You may recall that on December 8, 2022, we drew your attention to the use of your station to promote violence against the state and your management’s lack of capacity to address the same. This was after we had written to your management on December 2, 2022,” it added.
“It is of concern to us that the behavior persists after we draw the board’s attention. We are now compelled to come to the board again as a way of giving the company a last opportunity for internal gatekeeping.”
“We ask that you put in measures to stop the dangerous behavior of the station and improve the station’s capacity for regulatory compliance. We also ask the station to withdraw the insults and apologize to the CDS and his commanders. We further ask the station to apologize to the Ghanaian public for the use of vulgar language.
“We expect you to undertake the above and present evidence of the same to us before November 19, 2023, after which date you may hear further from the Commission,” the statement added.