Government has petitioned the National Media Commission (NMC) over the ‘Castle militia’ documentary created by the multimedia system cluster and Manasseh Azure.
The seven page petition signed by the Minister for data Kojo Oppong Nkrumah intercepted by Starrfm.com.gh is addressed to the Chairman of the National Media Commission (NMC), and dated March thirteen, 2019.
According to the petition, “the Government of ghana brings this criticism consistent to article 167(b) of the Constitution similarly as section 2(1) (b) of the National Media Commission Act, 1993 (Act 449) and invitations you to research the publication, the subject matter of this complaint”.
The Bases for the Petition
The petition indicates that the narrative of the twenty two minute documentary expressed in spades that a “militia” had been uncovered coaching and operational at a “Security Zone”, with the guilt of the govt. of African nation, and known them as happiness to the New loyal Party. The alleged Security Zone was known because the Christiansborg Castle, Osu, Accra, conjointly the} “militia” was also named as “De-Eye Group”.
The Case of state
In analysing the same documentary, Government indicates that “a careful examination of the contents of the impugned publication discloses that the primary six (6) minutes, twenty (20) seconds of the documentary are regarding matters completely unconnected to the publicized material of the documentary.
They mostly, showed pictures from the violence witnessed at the recent Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election, that is that the material of associate inquiry by a Commission of Inquiry founded consistent to article 278 of the Constitution (the character Short Commission).
The try by Manasseh Awuni, and multimedia system to portray the corporate as being engaged within the crime of acts seen in the initial six minutes and twenty seconds of the documentary, or similar to it solely exposes the mischief with that the documentary was laced and will very little credit to the name of a media house that prides itself as freelance and guided by the ethics of the media profession”.
Grounds for the petition
The petitioner expressed additional that “we bring this criticism as a result of the substance of the story complained of, is in varied material necessities, totally false, a product of gross deception of facts, wild speculation by the producer of the documentary such that higher than, and same betrays a desperate try on the a part of multimedia system and Manasseh Awuni to clapperclaw the sincere effort by the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to finish the worrying development of political law enforcement within the country”.
The documentary, government says, “deliberately omitted to state the fabric incontrovertible fact that National SC Secretariat had closed down the supposed workplace of the corporate since Gregorian calendar month 2018. Indeed, as of the date of publication of the documentary in March 2019, there was no activity of any nature by the corporate at the Castle.
At the time of airing the documentary, multimedia system vie it to make the confusion to the general public that such a false activity was in progress at the premises of the Osu Castle. The mischief at the time of airing was to muddy the waters at the identical time once the President was taking steps to sanitize the Political surroundings off all acts of “vigilantism”.
Government says it views the impugned documentary as a part of the infinite calumny by Manasseh Awuni Azure, Joynews and its affiliates geared toward distorting Government policy and work on serious matters of national concern just like the fight against law enforcement.
Much as the plain diary of the President shows a unselfish dedication to the defence of press freedom and human rights, trigger-happyand unethical journalism threaten the democracy and peace of the state.
List of Exhibits in Support of Petition
In support of the petition, Government hooked up six (6) exhibits to the petition the the NMC. The exhibits are MoI one, Full Joynews Documentary; MoI a pair of, Joynews Promo; MoI three, BBC Story; MoI four, Myjoyonline Story; MoI five, deposit Statement; and MoI six, TV three Interview.
Reliefs Government is Seeking
The State within the petition is actually seeking 3 reliefs in accordance with section fifteen of Act 449.
The first may be a declaration to the impact that the impugned documentary by Manasseh Awuni Azure and Joy news is dishonorable and constitutes a dishonest and deliberate deception of facts and calculated at inflicting undue public apprehension, alarm and panic.
The second is associate order directed at Manasseh Awuni Azure and Joy news, for the retraction of and apology to the govt. of African nation on the contents of the said documentary mentioned above; and therefore the last is from now on disciplinary measure(s) because the Commission could seem meet.
In terminal, government expressed sincere hope that it criticism are seriously investigated in accordance with print media standards revealed by the Commission similarly because the ethics of the media profession.