The National Media Commission (NMC) has requested that Power FM unconditionally apologise to Ghana’s Second Lady, Samira Bawumia, for broadcasting disparaging remarks about her and the Fulani community.
The NMC issued the directive alleging that the station made a “perverted and debased broadcast” on November 1 against the Second Lady.
It is the case of the National Media Commission that the comments made by the station are incompatible with the pursuit of national unity.
The NMC in its statement condemned the station and the host for allowing the derogatory comments to be made about the Second Lady.
NMC in the statement asked Power FM to apologize to the Second Lady and submit proof of the apology to the Commission before November 11.
Below is the full statement.
On Wednesday, November 1, 2023, you allowed your station, Power FM, to be used as the medium for gender-based insult on H.E. Hajia Samira Bawumia in a perverted and debased broadcast that also sought to denigrate the entire Fulani Community in Ghana and incite ethnic tension. Such behaviour has no place in our search for national cohesion, peace and development.
Your presenter’s phoney protestation was unprofessional and deceitfully calculated to egg the commentator on. Instead of being a moderator, your presenter became a cheerleader for obscenity.
We ask you to apologise to H.E. Hajia Samira Bawumia and the Fulani Community. We additionally ask that you apologise to the Ghanaian public whose sensibilities you breached by that broadcast.
We expect you to undertake the above and present evidence of same to the Commission before November 11, 2023 after which date you may hear further from the Commission.