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GJA to meet with Kumasi Traditional Council on the closing of Oyerepa FM today.

Today, August 29, 2022, the leadership of the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) is anticipated to meet with the Kumasi Traditional Council to discuss the decision to cease operations at Oyerepa FM.

The United Progressive Party head, Mr. Addai Odike, made remarks about the station that forced the council to make its decision.

There have been conflicting responses to the measure, as some people claim it violates the Constitution.

In a statement released on August 26, the GJA said that it had been keeping an eye on developments regarding the Kumasi Traditional Council’s decision to shut down Oyerepa FM and its detrimental repercussions on press freedom.

“The GJA has been monitoring events in the past two days regarding the shutdown and is deeply concerned about the actions of the Kumasi Traditional Council, which has the tendency to erode gains on the country’s nestling democracy”.

The Association also expressed concerns about the recent actions of traditional authorities and urged media houses to be circumspect in their dealings, specifically in discussing matters bordering on their activities.

“However the GJA is worried about recent developments in which traditional authorities are descending heavily on the media whilst criticizing such incidents the GJA admonish media institutions to be professional in the discharge of their duties particularly in discussing the matter at stake.”

The traditional council is also requesting an unequivocal apology from the station’s administration for Mr. Odike’s remarks spoken on the platform.

Due to remarks he made about chiefs and their involvement in the fight against illegal mining in the Ashanti Region, Odike attracted the anger of the Kumasi Traditional Council.

He was also accused of threatening to inspire young people to rebel against chiefs if they didn’t do their part to stop the threat of illegal mining.

However, members of the Kumasi Traditional Council criticized his remarks as offensive and insulting.

The Council is requesting that the media house’s management provide the apology in accordance with legitimate, customarily established processes.

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