Avoiding Religious Fundamentalism: NMC Blocks 2 Stations From Hosting Programs
The National Media Commission (NMC) has ordered two radio stations in Kumasi, Ashanti Region, to immediately stop hosting programs espousing religious fundamentalism that can undermine the nation’s security.
The two stations, Alpha Radio and Zuria 88.7 FM, allegedly engaged in unethical and unprofessional acts of throwing altercations, innuendo and innuendo about each other’s programs over the airwaves, in the intent to settle a personal vendetta.
The directive follows a meeting held between the parties to address relevant issues that the NMC deemed to have breached the ethics of the profession.
In a statement signed by NMC Deputy Executive Secretary Alexander Bannerman and released yesterday, the NMC ordered Zuria FM and its management to apologize for any misconceptions or miscommunication from the interview with a Sheikh Abubakari who gave the impression that Islam could not tolerate any other religion, especially Christianity.
The meeting followed a complaint filed by Alpha Radio’s Managing Director (CEO), Sheikh Mohammed Ridwan Mohammed, against Zuria 88.7 FM’s Managing Director, Yussif Abdul Ganiyu, for personal attacks, religious bigotry and incitement of Muslims against Muslims. Christians.
According to the statement, Mr. Ganiyu allegedly accused Sheikh Mohammed of opening his facilities to Christians, an act which he (Ganiyu) believed had the potential to convert Muslims to Christianity, but Mr. Ganiyu denied the accusation and called it baseless.
“During a hearing in Kumasi on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, it emerged that there were deep-seated feelings against the two personalities involved, who had an influence on their programs, such that they are turning into a vendetta personal and misinformed judgments,” he said. said.
“According to one of the parties, there was a program in which a well-known Islamic scholar phoned and was interviewed and he said that any Muslim who allowed the use of his premises to propagate any religious faith other than the Islam had committed a crime, sacrilege.
“This comment which Alpha Radio considers to be in poor taste due to the level of religious pluralism in the country and in particular the remarkable display of religious tolerance by the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Nuhu Sharabutu, and the Vice President, Mahamadu Bawumia,” the statement read.
Explaining what happened on that occasion, he said Zuria FM said “it was a question from a listener about the plight of Muslims who don’t drink alcohol but carry alcohol. alcohol, those who do not eat pork but drink pork soup, as well as those who rent their facilities to people who propagate other religious faiths, which prompted Sheikh Abubakari’s response”.
Zuria FM further explained that immediately after the program they drew Sheikh Abubakari’s attention to the fact that there were instances where the Holy Prophet Muhammad had provided space in mosques for Christians to pray and encouraged Muslims to seek comfort from fellow Christians whenever they were in distress. or difficulty.
The NMC, however, observed that the part urging Sheikh Abubakari to speak his words should have been broadcast for listeners to hear and therefore ordered the radio station to apologize to the public for this misconception. .
The commission further decided that the two stations must stop the relentless attacks on each other, act in a professional manner, and stop spreading hatred to their listeners, as well as to the community in which they operate.