Member of Parliament for Sagnerigu and Ranking Member of the Communication Committee in Parliament, Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini has made a shocking revelation that President Akufo-Addo is behind the closure of Radio Gold and Radio XYZ.
The two pro-opposition radio stations were shut down on May 9, 2020 by the National Communication Authority (NCA), citing the two media outlets were operating without licenses.
The stations remain shut for almost a year despite their owners’ frantic efforts to get them back on air.
Reacting to the apparent attack on press freedom in the country on Power FM Wednesday, the Minority spokesperson accused the Akufo-Addo government for the diminishing freedom Journalists enjoy in the country.
Alhaji Fuseini pointed to the closure of Radio Gold and XYZ as a clear indication that the ruling government detests media criticisms.
“It is the president Nana Akufo-Addo who doesn’t want Radio Gold and XYZ back on air…He sees Radio Gold and XYZ as critics,” A.B.A Fuseini told Dwaboase host Kwame Minkah.
He explained that when the stations were closed down, the owners were willing to renew their licenses to get the stations back on air but the processes were truncated.
“The matter was brought to the Communications Committee of which I’m a Ranking member… everything was going on smoothly until a diective from the top came to freeze the process,” he disclosed.
Alhaji Fuseini continued, “even Mr Anokye (NCA Boss) was trying to work on the issue and regularise the stations but the directives from the top stopped the process.”
Without mincing words, the MP said he was more than convinced that President Akufo-Addo asked the NCA boss to stay off the processes to settle the matter regardless of how they were close to getting the stations back work.
Mr Fuseini described Akufo-Addo, who had been touted as a human rights activist by his party members prior to the 2016 polls, as an intolerant person who hates dissenting views.
He said the president had been exposed by the closure of the two radio stations.
“That’s a creeping level of intelorance. They want to criticize but hate to be criticized. That’s the stock in trade of the NPP,” he added.
By Henryson Okrah/myxyzonline.com