June 24, 2019

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We can’t be tamed by NCA shutdown – Radio Gold CEO

We can’t be tamed by NCA shutdown – Radio Gold CEO James Agyenim Boateng

Managers of Radio Gold say they are not perturbed by the action taken against them by the National Communications Authority (NCA).

Radio Gold and Radio XYZ were both shut down by the NCA over claims that they were operating without valid authorization.

Speaking at a vigil service held last night at the forecourt of Radio Gold in protest of the NCA’s action, CEO of the station, James Agyenim Boateng said: “This action is not going to stop us, it is not going to tame us, it is not going to force us to change our programming or what we do.”

“We will continue to do programmes that will put government on its toes. We will be untamed, we will be unbowed, and we will continue to be radio gold.”

Mr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Sylvester Mensah, Okudzeto Ablakwa, CEO of Radio Gold, James Agyenim Boateng, Head of News at XYZ, Eric Ahianyo, President of the Ghana Journalists Association, Affail Monney, Kwesi Pratt Jnr, Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper among others took turns to address participants at the vigil on Friday.

CEO of Radio Gold, Agyenim Boateng described the NCA’s action as “unprecedented in the history of Ghana.”

“At all material times, Radio Gold had been in touch with the National Communications Authority through our lawyers. And all material times we had made efforts to submit the materials that were required. They tell us that they didn’t have permission to receive our documents. On one time, we were successful but on our way back to the office, our team was called to come back for the documents.”

“So when you hear the NCA suggesting that we did not make any effort to comply, I think what is going on is not just regulatory activity but there is more to it than meets the eye. This is not a clamp down on Radio Gold but a clamp down on press freedom,” he added.

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