70 Media Houses Join MFWA to Demand Whereabouts of Media Dev’t Fund

Dozens of media organisations across the country have joined the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), to demand information on the whereabouts of the Gh¢1million that was allocated in the 2012 budget as Media Development Fund (MDF).

The media organisations, majority of whom are based in districts where advertising and other sources of media revenue are literally absent, are calling on the government to honour its transparency and accountability obligations by letting Ghanaians, and the media community in particular, know the status of the fund.

 On September 9, 2011, then Vice President (and now President) John Mahama announced government’s plans to set up a Media Development Fund (MDF). The President made the announcement while addressing the 16th Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) awards as the guest of honour.

Following the announcement, the then Finance Minister, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, in his presentation of the 2012 budget to parliament, announced that Gh¢1million has been allocated to the Fund.

Subsequently, in March 2012, Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa, then a Deputy Minister of Information, announced that the Gh¢1million MDF was ready and would be operational in the second quarter of 2012.  In his State of the Nation on February 21, 2013, President Mahama told the nation that: “The newly established Media Development Fund aimed at improving capacity within the media will be operationalised this year.”  It was evident from the president’s statement that the MDF was not operationalised in 2012.

Nine months after President Mahama’s promise and with just a month to the end of 2013, there is no evidence of the operationalisation of the Fund. Following a media release by the MFWA on October 24, raising questions about the whereabouts of the  Gh¢1million MDF, it emerged that all the key media stakeholders in the country including the national Media Commission, Ghana Journalists Association, Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association are all unaware of what has happened to the Fund.

While there are pieces of information suggesting disagreements among stakeholders on how the fund should be managed, there has been silence on the fate of the Fund and whether or not there have been any disbursements.

Below are media organisations that have joined the crusade to demand information and accountability on the fund. The MFWA is calling on other media organisations to indicate their support for this campaign by indicating their endorsement through an email to [email protected]

Greater Accra Region

  1. The Enquirer
  2. Asempa FM
  3. Adom FM
  4. The Lens
  5. Net 2
  6. Oman FM
  7. Hot FM
  8. The Statesman
  9. TV Africa
  10. Daily Guide
  11. Guide Young Blazers
  12. News One
  13. New Crusading Guide
  14. Ghanaian Observer
  15. The New Independent
  16. The Chronicle
  17. Spy Ghana.com
  18. com

Volta Region

  1. Radio Jubilee
  2. Faafa FM
  3. Holy FM

Eastern Region

  1. Eastern FM
  2. Rite FM
  3. Life FM

Western Region

  1. De Beat FM
  2. Space FM
  3. Kasapreko FM
  4. Radio Rainbow
  5. Golden Pod FM

Central Region

  1. Ankobra FM
  2. Yes FM
  3. Radio ATL
  4. Spark FM
  5. Radio Peace
  6. Hope FM

Ashanti region

  1. Radio Xtacy
  2. Freedom FM
  3. Kessben FM
  4. Spirit FM
  5. Shaft FM
  6. Metro FM
  7. Sunsum FM
  8. Fox FM

Brong Ahafo

  1. Success FM
  2. Adars FM
  3. Dormaa Community Radio
  4. Vizen FM
  5. Chris FM
  6. Sky FM
  7. Trickie FM
  8. Adepa FM
  9. Royals FM
  10. Asta FM
  11. Omega Radio
  12. Yankee FM
  13. Max FM
  14. Shalom Radio

Northern Region

  1. Diamond FM
  2. Justice FM
  3. Bishara Radio
  4. Kesmi FM
  5. North Star Radio
  6. Filla FM

Upper East Region

  1. Word FM
  2. Radio Builsa
  3. Tanga Radio
  4. Nabiina Community Radio
  5. A1 Radio
  6. Quality FM

Upper West Region

  1. Radford FM


Issued by the MFWA in Accra on December 11, 2013 

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