The Press Foundation, TPF has described the sanctions imposed about 131 radio stations across the country by the National Communications Authority (NCA) as harsh and an attack on media freedom.
According to its Executive Director, Listowell Yesu Bukarson in a release he signed, the sanctions should have been applied with a human face even though it remains the prerogative of the regulator to enforce its laws.
The NCA has revoked the license of 34 radio stations and imposed hefty fines on others in accordance section 13 of the Electronic Communications Act (2009), Act 775, but Mr Yesu Bukrason called for the reversal of the decision as it tantamount to a slap in the face of media freedom, weaken the gains made by radio over the years and above all , will create unemployment.
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The Press Foundation, TPF, has read with dismay, a release by the National Communications Authority, NCA, sanctioning 34 radio stations and revoking the licenses of 98 others.
Even though the TPF understands that the NCA is acting on the basis of section 13 of the Electronic Communications Act (2009), Act 775, we expect that these actions are taken with a human face.
The TPF would therefore call on the NCA to temper justice with mercy, seek dialogue with the affected radio stations as a more pragmatic means of salvaging the situation.
It is the position of the TPF, that, this stern decision by the NCA, if not reversed will be seen as tantamount to a slap in the face of media freedom, weaken the gains made by radio over the years and above all create unemployment.
The TPF is optimistic that, the NCA will heed our stances as we seek to rather than kill the radio industry, encourage it to thrive.
Listowell Yesu Bukarson.
The Press Foundation, TPF.