Media foundation for West Africa (MFWA) - The Accra-based rights body, Media foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has disclosed that angry youth, numbering about 30, stormed the premises of Gift FM, a privately owned radio station at Dormaa Ahenkro - a town in the Brong Ahafo region in Ghana.
A statement, signed by MFWA's new Executive Director, Sulemana Braimah, said the action of the youth on 17 February followed a news item aired on an alleged banishment of one Fred Yeboah, by the Dormaa traditional council.
Kwabena Boahene, station manager of Gift FM, told MFWA that the Chief of Dormaa, Osagyefo Oseadeyo Nana Agyeman Badu (II), at a gathering on 17 February, announced the banishment of Yeboah who is the general manager of the Presbyterian Hospital in the town.
According to MFWA, the chief then cautioned media men present at the gathering not to carry any news item on the banishment and reasons for the action of the chief were not disclosed and remain unknown.
“Because we defied the chief’s orders, the youth attacked us and caused extensive damage to our property and even wanted to set fire to the station with a gallon of petrol they came along with,' the radio manager said.
MFWA further revealed that the timely intervention of policemen brought the situation under control.
Meanwhile, an official complaint is said to have been lodged and police are investigating the incident.
'MFWA commends the police for restoring calm and preventing the youth from vandalising the station and for continuing to protect staff of the station since the incident happened,' the statement noted.
'We also wish to remind all that the Constitution of Ghana guarantees the freedom and independence of the media. The Constitution also explicitly states in Article 162 (2) that: ...there shall be no censorship in Ghana.”