Four radio stations in Bawku have been shut down by NCA; MFWA voices concerns

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The National Communications Authority (NCA) has closed four radio stations in Bawku, Upper East Region, following a recommendation by the Upper East Regional Security Council (REGSEC). The shutdown, executed with heavy military protection on February 24, 2024, was based on the Ministry of National Security’s advice, citing the stations’ role in fueling the longstanding Bawku conflict. The NCA invoked its powers under the Electronic Communications Act, 2008, due to national security concerns, emphasizing its commitment to working with stakeholders and urging adherence to communication ministry regulations.

Radio stations that are impacted are Fumah FM, Bawku FM, Source FM, and Zahra FM, in that order.

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has expressed concerns about the National Communications Authority’s (NCA) decision to shut down four radio stations in Bawku due to security issues. The NCA’s action, following a recommendation by the Upper East Regional Security Council and the Ministry of National Security, is criticized by MFWA, which suggests that the National Media Commission, responsible for regulating media content, should have been involved in the decision-making process. The MFWA emphasizes the Commission’s constitutional role in overseeing professional and ethical standards in the media.

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