News on the ban on Fetish priest tv broadcast is fake—Kojo Oppong Nkrumah jabs false journalists
The Minister of information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has admonished claims that suggest the office of the President had given directives to the National Media Commission (NMC) to ban the broadcast of the works of fetish Priests in the country.
The information which began circulating on social media yesterday stated that, the NMC issued a ban on mallams and fetish priests to halt their charm advertisement on the national television.
According to the information on the various blogging sites, Mr Nkrumah disclosed that on a show at Abusua FM, which the Minister stated on his page that the information reported by those sites was fake.
He said there was no accuracy in the reportage and therefore treated the public to close an eye on such false information.
“kindly take note that this story is false. I have never said anywhere that the office of the President has issued such a letter,” the Minister said.
He further stated that he had not revealed any act of the NMC to implement the ban on May 1 against fetish priests telecast advertisement.
“Neither have I said that the NMC (or Authority as the writer suggest) has issued such a ban,” Mr Nkrumah added.
He however appealed to the media to use their channels to circulate authentic information that would enrich the minds of their readers.
Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary of the NMC, George Sarpong also in a statement yesterday dispelled the information that his outfit had ban fetish priests from advertising on air.
He explained that no such directive had been meted out to fetish priests, therefore, such information should be disregarded by the public.
“The story did not attribute its source to any named person within the Commission thereby raising questions about source credibility,” Mr Sarpong said.
He indicated that Article 172 of the commission categorically gives total mandate to the NMC to carry out its duties without being subjected to any influence, saying “the article states that the commission shall not be subject to the direction or control of any person or authority in the performance of its function which makes the news fake as the president cannot give the NMC such directive.”
“Finally, the commission’s guidelines on religious broadcasting contain no provision which could remotely be interpreted to mean what it claimed in the fake news,” Mr Sarpong added.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE