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Captain Smart and Onua TV/FM issued final warnining by NMC for inciteful broadcast

Captain Smart and Onua TV/FM issued final warnining by NMC for inciteful broadcast

 

The National Media Commission (NMC) has cautioned Onua FM & TV and its presenter, Captain Smart, over inciteful broadcast on his morning show. This follows Captain Smart’s description of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) and some Commanders of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) as “beasts” live on his Onua TV/FM morning show, “Maakye” week ago.

The National Media Commission (NMC) in a press statement dated Tuesday, November 14, 2023, said it has given Captain Smart and Onua FM a final warning to desist from inciteful broadcast or they might take action.

The statement also included that Captain Smart’s assertions that the commanders and the CDS had embezzled money meant for soldiers on peacekeeping operations had no ounce of evidence.

The NMC also reminded the station and Captain Smart that it had caution them for a similar incident in December 2022 were Captain Smart suggested that the country needed an “uprising” to fight the government.

The NMC termed his past and current assertions as dangerous and unprofessional for journalistic standards.

The NMC also gave an ultimatum to Onua FM/TV and Captain Smart by November 19, 2023 to:

  • Put in measures to stop dangerous behaviour (inciteful broadcasting) and comply with regulatory standards
  • Withdraw the insults and apologise to the CDS and his commanders.
  • Apologise to the Ghanaian public for the use of vulgar language.
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Read full statement below:

FINAL CAUTION AGAINST INCITEFUL BROADCAST

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.” He claimed the officers embezzle monies meant for soldiers on peacekeeping operations but offered no evidence to back his claims.

This was as dangerous as it was unprofessional.

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 same. This was after we had written to your management on December 2, 2022.

It is of concern to us that the behaviour persists after we drew 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 behaviour of the station and improve the station’s capacity for regulatory compliance. We also ask the station to withdraw the insults and apologise to the CDS and his commanders. We further ask the station to apologise to the Ghanaian public for the use of vulgar language.

We expect you to undertake the above and present evidence of same to us before November 19, 2023 after which date you may hear further from the Commission.

Yours faithfully

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