The National Media Commission (NMC) has said it is struggling to stop the activities of money doublers who defraud viewers of TV platforms due to the freezing of its media content regulation in 2016 by the Supreme Court.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, George Sarpong revealed that work is ongoing to build a system that will help to monitor the content churned out in the media.
In his appearance before Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee, he admitted that the NMC, however, don’t have that kind of system set up to check these fraudsters.
He called on other institutions to support them in the quest to build the new system that aids to detect fake news.
He noted that it can verify the accuracy of the information that is shared by people regarding events that take place on the day of election and beyond.
The Content Authorisation law being championed by the National Media Commission (NMC) was stampeded by the Supreme Court in a unanimous decision by a seven-member panel.
This led to the immediate freezing out the implementation of the law as part of its operation.
The suit challenging the legality of the law was filed by the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) which
GIBA argued aspects of the content of the new law contradicted the freedom granted the media in the 1992 Constitution.
Money doublers are confidence trickster who claim to be able to double a person’s money.
Their clients are directed to present a certain amount of money which they want increased.
The police have arrested some of these fraudsters who end up giving counterfeits to their victims.