The National Media Commission (NMC) has acknowledged
receipt of a petition from the government for investigation into Joy News’
Manasseh Azure Awuni’s recent video documentary titled ‘Militia in the Heart of
Mr Alexander Bannerman, Deputy Executive Secretary at
the NMC Secretariat who confirmed this to the Ghanaian Times said the commission would activate the laid down procedure
The procedure, he said involves request for response
from Mr Awuni and his employer, the Multimedia Group Limited and if the complainants
find the responses unsatisfactory a hearing would be held on the matter.
The government, in its petition, dated March 13, 2019
and signed by Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, is among other
things, seeking an order for the retraction of the content of the documentary and
“A declaration to the effect that the impugned
documentary by Manasseh Awuni Azure and Joy News is misleading and constitutes
a dishonest and deliberate misrepresentation of facts and calculated at causing
undue public apprehension, alarm and panic,” portions of the petition said.
“Respectfully the government of Ghana brings this
complaint pursuant to article 167( b) of the Constitution as well as Section 2
(1) (b) of the National Media Commission Act, 1993 (Act 449) and invites you to
investigate the publication, the subject matter of this complaint,” the
The about 20-minute documentary pointed out that a group called “De-Eye group”
was affiliated to the governing New
Patriotic Party (NPP) and had been training at Osu Castle, the former seat of
government since 2017.
It also established that the President, Nana
Akufo-Addo was aware of the existence and operation of the group whose
‘Commander’ is Nana Wireko Addo, also known as “Choman,” a former personal
bodyguard of the President.
But the government said the documentary was misleading
and a misinterpretation of issues, as the group was an employment agency while
the President was not aware of its existence.
Minister of Information, Mr Oppong Nkrumah, admitted that the group once had an
office in the castle, it was closed down by National Security in October 2018.
Meanwhile the De-Eye Group Limited has sued Multimedia
Group and Manasseh over the documentary, demanding GH¢10 million in damages for
the “loss of reputation against the defendants.”
The company is also seeking an order “directed at the
defendants to retract the said defamatory publications and render unqualified
apology in the same prominence on Joy TV and four publications in the Daily
The De-Eye Group writ indicated that the company is
not a “militia group” as suggested in the documentary.
By Times Reporter
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