Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobby has decried the recent closure of some TV channels by the National Communication Authority (NCA) terming the act illegal. According to him, the agency has breached the 1992 Constitution for taking the nine TV channels off-air. On Wednesday, the NCA yanked off about nine TV channels including that of the controversial Pastor Obinim on grounds that they’re not licensed to operate.
Wereko-Brobby, who founded Ghana’s first private radio station, argued on their dismissal and said that those TV channels were not required to get a license to operate, hence, they have not breached any law. Wereko made it clear that the NCA was acting based on the stipulations of the 1991 constitution which has been amended with the 1992 Constitution.
According to him, a section of the 1992 Constitution on such matters stipulates that there ”shall be no law requiring any person to obtain a license as a prerequisite to the establishment or operation of a newspaper, journal or other media for mass communication or information”. This, he buttressed is clearly contrary to the actions of the NCA.
Wereko’s arguments is motivated by a similar incident which he happened to be the victim at the time. His Radio Eye suffered a setback in 1994, when his station was taken off-air for operating without a license. He had sought interpretation at the Supreme Court with the same arguments.
He also argued that the 1992 Constitution allowed for establishments of TV or radio stations without license. Despite his defence, the court ruled against him. He subsequently filed for a review of the case which is yet to happen in over two decades now.
Dr Wereko, is duly prepared to speak on behalf of these unfortunate TV channels which have been taken off air by the NCA. The TV channels include; OB TV, Kessben TV, Clive TV, ECN, Zoe TV, BTA, ATV, Care TV, and Elijah TV.