Ho hailed as cleanest regional capital

NMC Chairman

NMC Chairman

THE Chairman of the National Media Commission (NMC), Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng has hailed Ho as the cleanest regional capital in the country and urged the media to constantly help the municipality to maintain that repute by constantly reporting on its ornamental status.

“Even early in the morning you do not see plastics thrown about as in other regional capitals,” he observed.

The NMC chairman made the remarks prior to the opening of a public forum on “Constitutional and Legal Implications on Digital Migration” in Ho last Friday.

His remarks come six days after the Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, cautioned corporate bodies which often hold street parties during festive occasions in the municipality to clean up after the celebrations in order not to stain Ho’s clean nature.

The NMC chairman said that it was when the media highlighted Ho’s remarkable cleanliness that other regional capitals would follow suit.

Turning to the event, Nana Gyan-Apenteng said that the migration from analogue broadcasting/transmission to digital diffusion raised legitimate concerns over its policy prescriptions, which would not fundamentally affect the freedom of expression of the media.

Today, he said, Ghana enjoyed a sterling ranking as the leading country in Africa in terms of freedom of expression and the 23rd in the world, in that regard, and noted that the presence of 400 or more frequency modulation stations in the country in a diverse media ambience bore ample testimony to that assertion.

However, the NMC chairman pointed out that the compliance to a new media technology could not rule out possible threats and challenges to the freedom of the media; “so, we must find out whether the policy that comes with it conforms to the Constitution or not.”

Mr Alexander Bannerman, Deputy Executive Secretary of the NMC, said that the digital migration from the analogue had many advantages and some disadvantages as well, and also highlighted some concerns over its regulation.

For that matter, he said that there was the need for all key players and the citizenry to have a say when it comes to issues about the content transmitted and the regulation of the new broadcasting/transmission method.

About 40 representatives from various media houses, security agencies, traditional rulers, various departments and organisations attended the forum which was funded by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Ghana.


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