Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association Sues NCA Over DTT Access Control Policy -Reports

30 January 2020


The Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) has reportedly dragged the National Communications Authority and the Attorney General’s Department to court over the NCA’s decision to enforce Conditional Access for Free-to-Air TV broadcast.

GIBA says that the Conditional Access for Free-to-Air TV broadcast is a violation of the right to free press that was enshrined in the 1992 Constitution.

In a document filed at the Supreme Court last week, GIBA argued that the Conditional Access System that has been introduced as a mandatory requirement by the NCA brings an unnecessary restraint on the operation and establishment of private media.

The Conditional Access System will ultimately see media content of Free-To-Air broadcasters blocked by Ghana’s government unless specific criteria have been met before access to the content is granted to the general public.

GIBA also wants a declaration that the blockage of the media content of Free-To-Air broadcasters through the use of this Conditional Access System is an unconstitutional and unnecessary abridgement of the freedom of the press.

The Association is seeking an order instructing the NCA to remove any system in the nature of Conditional Access that blocks the content of Free-To-Air television channels from being broadcast.

The NCA had made no media statement regarding this matter at the time of going to press.

Source: Modern Ghana