NMC warns Onua FM against inciteful broadcast

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National Media Commission

The National Media Commission (NMC) has on Thursday cautioned the management of Onua FM, an Accra based radio station to guard against content that undermine the security and peace of the nation.

In a letter signed by the Executive Secretary, George Sarpong, the NMC condemned a recent broadcast by one of the station’s presenters, Blessed Godsbrain Smart aka ‘Captain Smart’, saying he called for insurrection against the state of Ghana and its institutions.

“We are particularly concerned about a recent broadcast in which ‘Captain Smart’ calls for insurrection against the state of Ghana and its institutions,” it said.

“This, by all standards, crosses the line of robust and critical broadcasting and transforms your radio station into a megaphone of war”.

The Commission said it decided not to take regulatory action against the radio station because much of its content was within the professional standard practice and it could therefore regulate itself.

“While that particular broadcast, without more, constitutes adequate grounds for regulatory action, we still retain the belief that given the chance, management could take steps to bring your content unto a level of professional acceptability.

“We are fortified in this belief by the fact that considerable parts of your other broadcast, including the news, offer that hope,” the NMC said.

It advised the station to continually exercise the required professional caution in their interest.

Meanwhile, information available to the Ghana News Agency indicates that Captain Smart was picked by the National Intelligence Bureau and is now in the custody of the Nima Divisional Police Command.

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