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Oman FM sues National Communications Authority

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30 May 2012 | General News

The radio station on which Ken Agyapong was alleged to have made some ethnocentric and inciting comments about Gas and Ewes,  Oman FM  is dragging the National Communications Authority (NCA) to court for allegedly attempting to withdraw its broadcast license.

According to the lawyer of Oman FM, Nii Ayikoi Otoo, the NCA erred in the number of days it gave Oman Fm to respond to a letter, adding that per the laws governing electronic media, the station should have been given more than five days to react to the concerns raised by the NCA.

Lawyer Otoo, who doubles as counsel for Hon. Agyapong – owner of Oman FM, told  Citi News  that, 'recently we received a communication from the National Communications Authority claiming or alleging that he had breached a paragraph of the law which had to do with Frequency Authorization and that they were giving him some number of days to react and state why his license ought not to be taken away from him.'

'They invoked a section of the Electronic Communications Act, which is section 13 (2) and gave him just about eight days. We took the section, read it and realised that they were obliged to have given him 30 days within which to react so we wrote drawing their attention to the anomaly,' he added. 

Lawyer Otoo stated: 'By the following day, they brought us a reply telling us that we have failed to address the import of the letter which required them to show course why the Authority should invoke Section 13 (1a), and that they were giving them another opportunity to react. This reply was written on the 17th and they were asked to give their responds by the 22nd, which is another five days.

'We realise that unless we went to court, they would proceed with what they were doing, so that is why Oman FM had to institute the action against them. After all nobody is above the law.'

Source: Citifmonline

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