The newly inaugurated Film Classification Committee of Ghana, a body mandated under the Constitution of Ghana to make sure all visuals including commercials are shown at appropriate times in public domain, might be facing a huge challenge as stakeholders such as Television Stations and Film Producers, may have ignored the call to submit all audiovisual materials to the committee before airing. Since the Classification Committee officially started calling for submissions from stakeholders on 15th June 2020, not a single submission has been made. The Chairman of the Film Classification Committee Socrates Safo, yesterday in a phone interview with Shine Publications, stated that the law will take its cause on the matter.
The Chairman of the Film Classification Committee Socrates Safo has described the response from Television stations and some Filmmakers in Ghana as unfortunate and a challenge to authority and the law. “The television stations have called our bluff. So, we have to see what the law says when someone calls our bluff. As we speak, not a single film has been presented to us. Yet, we have engaged over 50 trained people at our office for previewing purposes to help speed up the process, because we know the volume of work that would be coming our way, and we want to avoid any delays”, he said.
Socrates Safo added that he didn’t understand why stakeholders, especially the television stations were not responding despite earlier meetings with them. “Personally, I have been to all the television stations to have a one – on – one conversation. We have also been on their shows to discuss this issue, and even written to them stipulating what they need to do. The process is not difficult. For the television stations, they are just to tell owners of the content to submit their works to the Classification Committee before bringing it to them”, he explained.
Finally, Socrates Safo stated that these are times when Ghanaians need to pay attention to what they consume on television and avoid unwholesome material. “I’m calling on everybody to standup. Parents should know what to do because the Television Stations are saying that they can show anything they want; they don’t give a damn about the law”, he said.
By Jerry Wonder