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Oyerepa FM back on air after managers apologise to chiefs

The council’s acting president, Baffour Amankwatia VI, the Bantamahene, said they pardoned the station because the management has shown remorse

The Kumasi Traditional Council has pardoned Oyerepa FM after a crunch meeting with the managers of the station and other stakeholders on Monday (29 August) at the Manhyia Palace.

The council last Friday (26 August) directed the station to suspend operation for allowing the leader of the United Progressive Party, Akwasi Addai ‘Odike’ to use its airwaves to condemn the chiefs in the Ashanti Region over illegal mining.

The council’s acting president, Baffour Amankwatia VI, the Bantamahene, said they pardoned the station because the management has shown remorse.

The former chairman of the National Peace Council Rt Rev Emmanuel Asante, who led the Oyerepa FM delegation to ask for clemency said other radio stations should take a cue from their situation.

“Don’t just allow people to come in and say whatever they want to say,” Rt Rev Asante said. “As moderators, ensure that people do not implicate you in terms of what they say in your station.”

The president of the Ghana Journalists’ Association (GJA), Albert Dwumfour in an interview with Asaase News said they pleaded with the traditional council to let them handle the issue as prescribed by the constitution.

“We have come here to let the Nananom [chiefs] know that, we are the custodians of the constitution, we are the watchdogs of people’s rights,” the GJA president said.

“We have been given the legitimate responsibility to protect the right and interest of journalists in this country and for that matter, they should leave the matter to us and the media commission and we will make sure that we will met out any disciplinary action which is due them,” he added.

Irene Pomaa Kumi

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