Supreme Court freezes NMC media law

The Content Authorization law being championed by the National Media Commission (NMC) has been stampeded by the Supreme Court, Thursday.

The decision which was arrived at by a unanimous decision of a seven-member panel of the highest court of Ghana, authorized the NMC, which is the regulator of all media houses in the country, to freeze its implementation of the law.

The suit challenging the legality of the law was filed by the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA).

GIBA argued aspects of the content of the new law contradicted the freedom granted the media in the 1992 Constitution.

According to the Association, this mandate of the new law is already being done by the Content Standards Regulation 2015 which also calls for media houses to seek the permission of the NMC before taking them to the public.

The law requires all the media houses to submit for authorization.