The National Media Commission (NMC) has acknowledged receipt of government’s petition over a Joy News’ documentary, saying it will act on it.
The Commission indicated that the media house, after receiving the complaints, will have seven days to respond.
Government petitioned the National Media Commission over the documentary which alleges the training of a militia group at the former seat of government, the Osu Castle.
According to the Chairman of the Commission, Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh, if the complainants find the response satisfactory, the issue will be resolved.
However, if they insist the matter be investigated, the issue will be taken to the NMC for hearing.
“The next line of action is defined under the law. The law stipulates that when we receive a complaint we forward it to the party against whom a complaint has been made and that person has seven days within which to respond and then when we receive the response we are to send it to complainant to see whether the complainant is satisfied.
“If the complainant is satisfied then the matter ends but if the complainant is not satisfied then we call a formal hearing. Then it is when the key parties appear before us and then we hear the matter.”
In the petition signed by Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the government asked the Commission to declare the documentary as misleading and untrue.
“A declaration to the effect that the impugned documentary by Manasseh Awuni Azure and Joynews 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.
The documentary captures a group of young men and women said to be members of a private security firm or militia group known as De-Eye Group having a meeting at the Christiansburg Castle at Osu, the former seat of government.
Manasseh Azure Awuni among other things emphatically stated that the supposed militia group, which had two offices at the Castle, was affiliated to the NPP, and that, although it wasn’t a registered private security firm as his checks had revealed, attempts by the National Security to evict them in the past were unsuccessful.
Manasseh thus stated that the group had the support of a higher hand in government for which reason they could have access to the Castle, a supposed security installation, which houses some ministries.
By: Marian Ansah| citinewsroom.com| Ghana