The National Media Commission (NMC) Chairman, Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh, says his outfit can’t exercise any authority on contents shown on TV in reference to the influx of juju and money doubling contents on TV.
As you guessed right, his statement is in consonance with the cacophony of voices that have erupted all over Ghana calling for the ban of the aforementioned contents shortly after two teenagers were influenced by a TV program which led them to kill a human being for money ritual.
Over the weekend, two teenagers were arrested at Kasoa in the Central Region for allegedly killing 10-year-old Ismael Mensah for rituals. The police said their investigations reveal said they were influenced by a priestess on TV who later told them on the phone that he needed human parts to proceed with the rituals.
This has led to a hullabaloo all over as Ghanaians demand that TV stations promoting all these negative vices should be banned. However, Speaking on Asaase Radio’s The Big Bulletin, Boadu-Ayeboafoh said until the broadcasting bill is passed the NMC cannot regulate content on the screens.
“We can’t do anything… it would have to go through Parliament. Parliament has been sitting on the Broadcasting Bill since 1993,” the NMC chairman told host Beatrice Adu.
He added: “So, for MPs to be accusing us, saying NMC is reneging, when did they pass the law to say NMC is not implementing or enforcing? In the absence of a broadcasting law it becomes very difficult for us to regulate.”
“We should bemoan some of the things that we see on our television and all that. But to impute that a heinous crime as this merely to the fact that somebody watched television, I think that it is too farfetched,” he said.
“To put it on a charge sheet that this is the reason why they did that, I think that this is a very lazy investigation.”