The National Media Commission (NMC) has a legal battle on their hands, after the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA), filed a suit at the Supreme Court over a new law implemented by the Commission.
The content authorisation law requires media houses to submit a document of their programme line-up to the Commission for approval before broadcast, and has penalties including fines and jail terms for those who default.
The media has fought against the law since its implementation, calling it ‘the return of criminal libel’ and describing it as censorship in disguise.
And now GIBA has taken the first legal step to fighting it, filing a writ at the Supreme Court, seeking the court to declare the new law as contravening the constitution and thus null and void. GIBA’s case hinges on articles 162(1) and (2) of the 1992 Constitution, which guarantees media freedom- something they claim this law prohibits.
Also served in the suit is the Attorney General and Minister of Justice.