Television Programmes Supreme Court judge worried about proliferation of telenovelas

A justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah said that the NMC and other stakeholders need to take a critical look at the upsurge of telenovelas and the decline of standards on Ghana’s screens.

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A justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah has bemoaned the increased number of telenovelas on television channels in the country.

He was speaking at the swearing-in of five new members of the National Media Commission (NMC) in Accra on Monday (May 15, 2017).

He said that the NMC and other stakeholders need to take a critical look at the upsurge of telenovelas and the decline of standards on Ghana’s screens.

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He also mentioned that the unregulated advertisement of alcohol together with sexually explicit pictures and messages in the media space is very worrying.

"The damage all this inflicts on the moral centre of the youth, in particular, is incalculable."

"In this respect, article 164 of the Constitution which imposes national security, national morality and public order restrictions on the media begs for strict enforcement."

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However, Justice Anin Yeboah asked the NMC to use its powers given to them to clamp down on such activities.

In a related development, Chairman of the NMC, Nana Kwasi Gyan Apenteng, said the NMC is poorly resourced among other institutions created by the 1992 4 Constitution.

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He stated that the NMC has no permanent office while only a fraction of its budget allocation is often provided.

The new members sworn-in are Editor, Daily Searchlight Newspaper Ken Agyei Kuranchie, MP for Adenta Yaw Boaben Asamoah, Director of Newspaper Publications at the Graphic Communications Group Yaw Boadu“ Ayeboafoh, and Professor Audrey Gadzekpo of the University of Ghana and Kwame Ayimadu, representing parliament.

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