The Free Media Vanguard civil society group is planning a protest march in the capital Accra on Wednesday, May 15, to denounce the closure of five radio stations. As of Tuesday, May 14, the specific time and location of the demonstration has not been announced; however, a heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are anticipated in the city around any protest sites. Free Media Vanguard previously held an associated rally on Friday, May 10, which passed off peacefully. The group has vowed to continue organizing protests until the government reverses its decision to shut down the stations.
Free Media Vanguard has accused the government of shutting down the radio stations due to their affiliation with the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) party. However, the National Communication Authority (NCS) has said that they were closed for failing to comply with license regulations.
Individuals in Accra are advised to monitor developments to the situation, anticipate traffic disruptions, including road closures and increased congestion, avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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