Tuesday, 22 December 2009

[creative-radio] Ghana: Country Lags Behind in Community Radio


Ghana: Country Lags Behind in Community Radio



Accra — With a total number of 10 functioning community radio stations,
Ghana is said to be far behind other African countries in utilising the
potential of community radio to encourage the education and participation
of rural communities in the decision making process.

Mali is said to have more than a hundred of such specialised radio owned
and operated by rural communities with content addressing their specific

In Ghana's case, acquiring frequency for the operation of community radio
has, over the years, been the number one challenge, says Wilna Quarmyne,
Coordinator of Ghana Community Radio Network (GCRN). But things are
changing now. The National Communications Authority (NCA) is said to have
applied the brakes on the unbridled issuance of frequencies to the
mainstream radio stations and that it will now fast track applications in
respect of Community Radio.

Nigeria is another bad case, according to the African wing of the World
Association of Community Radio Networks - AMARC Africa. At a
knowledge-sharing meeting in Accra, the group called on the presidency of
that country "to recognise the basic human rights to freedom of expression
and lift the ban on community radio in Nigeria."

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