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Mahama, Kufour, Others Understands Media Freedom Better Than Akufo-Addo — Ablakwa

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Hon Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu, has commended former President John Agyekum Kufuor and his successors, late John Evans Atta Mill as well as immediate former President John Dramani Mahama for safeguarding the media freedom in the country for ages.
According to him, despite the reasons to sanction some media houses for breaching on the laws regulating their operation, the three former leaders by their wisdom and vision for the country growing democracy decided to overlook the legal breaches and allowed radio stations that licenses expired under their administration to operate.
Mr Ablakwa comments comes in a reaction to justification by the National Communications Authority (NCA) for shutting down two private radio stations affiliated to the opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC).
The two radio stations, Radio Gold and Radio XYZ, according to the NCA are part of a clampdown on radio stations operating without valid authorisations.
In the view of NCA, the shutdown of the pro-NDC radio stations was in line with the Authority mandate to enforce the Electronic Communications Tribunal which includes closing down radio stations operating within the country without valid licenses.
The NCA on Saturday May 11, released a press statement detailing the chronology of happenings between the Authority and the two radio station before they were shut down.
But the management of Radio Gold, contested the basis for which the station was shut down, describing it as “politically motivated.”
The Station Management argued that they initiated a renewal process and have been engaging the NCA since 2017 to normalize their operation regarding their license.
Nevertheless, Mr Ablakwa said, even though Radio Gold’s FM Frequency license expired in 2000, the station was not forced to shut down under former President Kufuor administration.
In a statement making rounds on social media, the North Tongu lawmaker expressed concern of the fact that, all Presidents from John Kufuor, John Mills and John Mahama, these radio station survived because they believed Ghana’s democracy could not flourish without media freedom and commended the three former leaders for their insightful vision and wisdom.
“President Kufuor, as regards media freedoms, I salute you for using your authority to polish and not to bruise. May that shining example of tolerance and truly believe in press freedom inspire us to defeat the forces of tyranny, ironically, at a time your own party is at the helm of affairs,” the NDC MP commended eulogises the former President.
He continued, “What the chronology further reveals is that the John Agyekum Kufuor-led Government had every legal basis to in a similar fashion carry out a Gestapo-style shut down of Radio Gold during the eight years the NPP was in power, and which period Radio Gold was still an ardent critic of his Government, however, President John Agyekum Kufuor’s Administration just like its successor Prof. Mills and President Mahama Administrations, refused to do what President Akufo-Addo’s Administration has done.”
While expressing his solidarity with the radio stations, Mr. Ablakwa added his voice to calls on the NCA to publish the list of radio stations in the country that are in good standing.
“I absolutely concur with the JGA, GIBA, the Minority Leader in Parliament and many others that the NCA must publish the full status of all radio stations in Ghana if we are to believe that it’s recent actions against Radio Gold and Radio XYZ are not politically hatched,” he stated.

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Bnoskka and Apprise Music Join Forces To Launch IP Zone Podcast

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Bnoskka, a leading creative arts business and intellectual property consultant, is excited to announce its collaboration with Apprise Music, a renowned music publishing and distribution company, to launch the IP Zone Podcast. Hosted by Bnoskka, the podcast is now streaming on YouTube, Spotify and all major streaming platforms.

IP Zone Podcast delves into the fascinating world of intellectual property, creativity, and innovation, featuring insightful conversations with industry experts, artists, and thought leaders. With a focus on the music and creative industries, the podcast explores the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in intellectual property, copyright, and innovation.

“I am thrilled to partner with Apprise Music to bring IP Zone Podcast to the public,” said Bnoskka. “Our goal is to create an engaging and informative platform that sparks meaningful discussions and inspires creativity. We believe that intellectual property is at the heart of innovation, and we’re excited to share this journey with our audience.”

“Apprise Music is dedicated to empowering creatives and artists to protect and monetize their intellectual property,” said Mr. Michael Bamfo, CEO of Apprise Music. “We’re proud to collaborate with Bnoskka on IP Zone Podcast, and we look forward to sharing our expertise and insights with the creative community.”

Tune in to IP Zone Podcast on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and other popular streaming platforms.

Subscribe now and join the conversations.

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Phone: +233 24 502 4002

About Bnoskka:
Bnoskka is a creative arts business and intellectual property consultant dedicated to empowering creatives and businesses to protect, monetize, and grow their intellectual property.

About Apprise Music:
Apprise Music is a music publishing and distribution company committed to supporting artists and creatives in the music industry.

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Smoke Ice Music/JayRaw Multimedia Signs Kulli Jay, A Budding Afrobeats Artiste

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Smoke Ice Music and JayRaw Multimedia has announced the signing of a new male singer, Kulli Jay to their record label, Smoke Ice Music/JayRaw Multimedia.

The up-and-coming musician, Kelvin Osei Owusu who goes by the stage name Kulli Jay, also expressed his excitement about the deal, promising his best under the new management.

Kulli Jay, the new signee has been churning out a couple of music before he came into contact with Smoke Ice Music/Jayraw Multimedia. The announcement and signing was posted on the socials of the Label. Speaking to the CEO of Ice Smoke Music, he promises that their new signee is full of goodies and that Ghana and beyond should expect something awesome.

Kulli Jay is expected to drop his newest single under the label very soon.

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