Broadcasters Bill should be drafted to regulate the media – Hon. Haruna Iddrisu


Member of Parliament for Tamale South and the Minority Leader, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, has suggested that a Broadcasters Bill should be drafted, to regulate the operations of media houses in the country.

Mr. Iddrisu stated that the Bill should be drafted urgently by the Communications and Information Ministries, to define the parameters of media operations.

In contributing to a statement at the Plenary by the Member of Parliament for North Tongue, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, on the United Nations’ Day to end impunity for crimes against journalists, the Minority Leader indicated that regulation of the media is very important to check misinformation.

Mr. Iddrisu reiterated that the Bill, when drafted, should establish a public media house for the dissemination of public information, and a commercial radio station for commercial purposes.

Mr. Iddrisu further explained that inaccurate and fake information through social media have serious effect on nation building.

“The National media Commission (NMC) is faced with serious logistics, facility and personnel deficit. Offices for effective operations, and tools and equipment needed for media monitoring is a problem for the Commission”, he lamented.

The Tamale South MP added that the government should resource NMC, to effectively perform its duties.

He concluded that media practitioners should be protected from attacks from some personalities from the public and the political environment.

Source: GhanaJustice/S.Ayisi


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