Civil society organisations focusing on human rights advocacy in Ghana, ought to speak out against the attempt by dark forces in our country to use the digitisation of the broadcasting industry, to empower the State to surreptitiously control free-to-air television broadcasting, through the back door.
As a freedom-loving people, Ghanaians do not want their right to express themselves freely, to be restricted under any circumstances. Full stop. And they most definitely do not want the era of the culture of silence to be brought back again by the encryption of digital television decoders, for example, by assigns of the National Communications Authority and the Ministry of Communications. No. Never.
That is why one wonders whether the tussle between the Ministry of Communications and the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA), over ultimate control of digital terrestrial television and direct-to-home receivers, is not yet another egregious example of how Ghana's best elected leader, thus far, since the overthrow of President Nkrumah in 1966, President Akufo-Addo, is being sabotaged left, right and centre by our nation's vampire-élites in the higher reaches of the civil service, as some allege.
President Akufo-Addo is a committed democrat and human rights advocate, who understands perfectly that it is only when society fosters competition of ideas in the public-discourse-space, that the best ideas emerge to drive nations forward - in the never-ending-march-towards-progress. How can such back-door control of the digital terrestrial television industry be attempted by elements in a regime led by him?
The question all freedom-loving Ghanaians ought to ponder over is: What ends do those who have been accused of altering the GSAs recently-revised standard GS1099: 2019, on digital terrestrial television and direct-to-home receivers (which ensured a non-mandatory conditional access system for free-to-air television receivers - a development that GIBA apparently welcomed when published on 18 December 2019), actually seek?
The more responsible sections of the Ghanaian media ought to investigate this allegation by GIBA. And, in so doing, the question they ought to ponder over is: What ends do those who allegedly altered the Ghana Standards Authority’s GS1099: 2019, ultimately seek? Hmmm, Oman Ghana eyeasem ooooo - asem kesie ebeba debi ankasa. Yooooo...
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