The Akufo-Addo-led government is mutely at war with broadcasting organization, the multimedia Group; following it airing of a documentary piece by Manasseh Azuri Awuni, an investigative journalist.
The station has since last month struggled to induce members of the government and therefore the governing party New patriotic Party (NPP) to appear on all of its flagship shows, particularly those on Joy FM and Joy News channel, since the documentary was telecasted.
Interestingly, government has not communicated verbally why they need refused to point out up for programmes on these explicit channels, however The Herald has observed that it representatives have consistently refused to point out up on the 2 stations for a few time currently.
Popular programmes such as News File, PM Express, The Pulse, hosted by lawyer Samson Lardi Anyinini, Evans Mensah and Gifty Andoh Appiah severally, have all not seen government representatives for ages currently.
What is interesting is that, altogether the cases wherever the party and government, set not to show up to defend policies and programmes, they hardly communicate to producers of these shows, why they were unable to attend. The hosts of those programmes, forever create a degree to inform listeners or viewers that the NPP and government reps didn’t show up, though invited.
Indeed, about time period ago, the station promoted a clash of some sort between the National Organizers of the 2 main political parties, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Joshua Akamba and his counterpart, Sammi Awuku extensively on social media and alternative platforms.
However, few hours to the live show which was to continue the discussion on party militia disbandment, changes were created by the station announcing the shortcoming of the previous Youth Organizer of the NPP, to look on the abundant publicized show without any reason.
On News File, arguably the foremost listened to news analysis show on saturday, host Samson and his producers, have had to pair the NDC with members of civil society teams or the academia because of the identical situation.
The host, on many occasions, has had the course to announce however they extended invitations to the government, however nobody was chosen to get on the show.
In fact, last Saturday was no totally different as the panel had no NPP official although the NDC’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia aka General mosquito, joined the likes of IMANI-Africa’s Kofi Bentil, law lecturer at GIMPA Clara Kasser-Tee and veteran journalist, Kweku Baako jnr, who is seen because the godfather of the show.
Here again, Samson before and once the show, indicated that, they invited the govt. to send a representative, however as has been the norm, were snubbed.
On the social media handle of 1 of Multimedia’s fact-finding journalist, Kwetey Nartey, had this to mention once a fan inquired why there was no representative from the NPP? in a response on facebook, Kwetey said “Since we tend to aired the militia in the heart of the nation, it seems there’s a silent boycott”.
When the follower, Frank Kingsford Cudjoe, came back and asked “How will we know it is additionally not a silence from multimedia against NPP as well?
Kwetey responded in the negative, saying “Ask the communication team whether the producers of the show haven’t reached out to them once the airing of the militia in the heart of the state. A classical case was the withdrawal of Sammi Awuku from the panel for PM express with Joshua Akamba hours to the show.
This is happening at a time, when the NPP, has taken the media organization to the National Media Commission (NMC) whereas the de Eye group affiliated to the govt., has dragged the same station to court for damages.
It is unclear, however long this slight goes to last as government and Minister for info, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, who doubles as the Member of Parliament (MP) Ofoase-Ayirebi, seems exasperated and foiled together with his former employers.
Upon the airing of the documentary, government registered it displeasure, claiming the piece which caught each national and international attention, was misleading.
At a press briefing, mr Oppong Nkrumah, said the documentary titled ‘Militia in the heart of the Nation’, carried variety of great “misrepresentations”.
“Firstly, the promotion of the documentary, and the narrative of the documentary expressed decidedly that a “militia” (a military force that’s raised from the civil population to supplement a daily army in an emergency) has been uncovered coaching and operating at a “Security Zone”, with the complicity of this administration, and known them as happiness to the New patriotic Party. amazingly, the 20-minute documentary does not show any evidence of such a militia or a vigilante group coaching or operational at a “Security Zone”.
The Minister also processed that the Castle, Osu is not a “Security Zone” or “Annex of the Presidency” as erroneously claimed in the documentary and its promotion.
The documentary – Militia within the heart of the nation – that aired on Joy News claimed that a pro-New patriotic Party (NPP) militia group, De-Eye group led by Nana Wireko Addo, has been coaching at the Christianborg Castle, Osu since the party won power in 2017.
It must, however, be indicated that the government representatives seem on other multimedia platforms; like Adom TV, Adom FM, Kasapa FM, Luv FM and others.