Government reacts to Joy FM boycott saga

The government has finally reacted to concerns that it has boycotted Joy FM, a member of the the Multimedia platforms.

The Minister for Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the government has not issued any official communique in respect of a boycott of all Multimedia platforms following the airing of a documentary, ‘Militia in the Heart of the Nation.’

“I am not aware that government has issued any statement to boycott Joy FM or Multimedia, neither I’m I aware that government has officially boycotted Joy FM,” he said on Asempa FM’s Ekosi Senshow, Tuesday.

According to him, though there is a little misunderstanding between government and Multimedia, they are still in talks with management of the company to resolve the issue.

“We are always in talks with the management of the company on a regular basis. We know there are some issues between government and Multimedia and we have tried to talk about it to resolve the issue. We have now gotten to a stage where there is the need that we sit and talk about the issue and see the way forward,” he noted.

Background

On March 7, 2019, Multimedia journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni and Joy News produced and aired a documentary dubbed ‘Militia in the Heart of the Nation.’ The documentary alleged that a pro-New Patriotic Party (NPP) militia group was training within the Christianborg Castle.

The Government of Ghana rejected the claims by the reporter in the said documentary insisting that the government had not sanctioned any such group to operate at the Osu Castle.

Seeing the documentary as an attempt to dent the image of President Nana Akufo-Addo, particularly, at a time when he had called for the disbandment of all political party vigilante groups, the government, through the Minister for Information filed a petition at the National Media Commission to get the Multimedia Group to retract and apologise to the government.

The matter is currently before the National Media Commission which has already taken preliminary statements from the two interested parties.

Source: Adomonline.com

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