It appears the National Media Commission (NMC) is set on a collision course with some men of God following the former’s release of 12 rules to guide all religious broadcasts on television, radio and social media.
On Wednesday, the NMC made public a set of rules it says are to ensure sanity within the media space as some religious broadcasters were infringing on the rights of certain groups of people through their broadcasts.
The rules, among other instructions, prohibits religious groups from broadcasting materials that cause fear and panic among the citizenry.
According to the commission, preachers must refine their messages, devoid of languages which are alien for broadcast purposes.
But the founder and leader of Glorious Word Power Ministry Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah has not taken kindly to the NMC guidelines, describing them as “ bogus ”.
“ So if God has revealed to us what is about to happen as pastors should we keep mute on that? That guideline should be canceled, this won’t work here. Never! ” The controversial prophet said in an interview with NEAT FM’s morning show ‘Ghana Montie ’.
The 12 rule document released by the NMC comes at a time when the media space in the country has been taken over by religious bodies and so called “men of God” who are exploiting the vulnerable through “ fake prophesies .”
The NMC in the document insisted that all religious broadcasts must appreciate the multi-cultural and diversity of religions within society, and must protect children and vulnerable persons from exploitation.
Per the document, “ Religious broadcasts that contain manifestations within the healing, deliverance and prophetic ministry should be done with discretion, circumspection and respect for human dignity. This should be especially so in the case of children.”
Rev Owusu Bempah, nicknamed the ‘Nations Prophet’ and a close pal of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said he will do whatever it takes to make sure the guidelines by NMC are jettisoned with immediate effect.
“ No pastor should go by these guidelines. If there’s some revelation, say it so we all pray to avert that. I [Owusu Bempah] will never aide by these rules. I will personally make sure that these rules are scrapped. NMC has no authority over the Bible, ” he told host, Mac-Jerry Osei Agyeman.