Social Media Shut Down – MP Explains Why It’s Not Possible

Social media shut down impossible –
Bekwai MP

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Spokesperson on Constitutional, Legal
and Parliamentary Affairs, Joe Osei Wusu says
it will be impossible for the Police to carry out
a shutdown of social media under the laws of
the land.
He argues that the laws of the country give no
such right to the Police service no matter the
justification they may have for it.
The Inspector General of Police John Kudalor
told Journalists on Thursday that it may ban
social media on Election Day due to the
potential threat it poses to peace and security
in the country.
But speaking to Citi News, the Bekwai Member
of Parliament believes that the proposed social
media ban has no basis in law.
“The court will be the appropriate place to go
to but whether any court will grant them that,
I have my doubt; they are not entitled to do
that. In any case under what law will they go?
Is it under the security and intelligence Act or
what?”
“So let’s say they are saying that there is a
security threat, [hence] they must shut it
down, on which law does that the security
threat give them the power to apply to the
court to do ABCD?”
He argued that the Police are empowered by
the Public Order Act to apply and stop certain
events but there is no such law in the case of
social media.
“For instance, the Public Order Act, they have
the power to apply to stop a public event, that
is a specific law. So in this case, I would like to
know under which law they will apply to curtail
internet service and social media.