“Government through the National Security Minister provided the journalist (Manasseh) with adequate security after he first complained about threats on his life. We may disagree on matters but we will not encourage and endorse any attack on a journalist,” says Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah.
The comment followed a statement made by the Media Foundation for West Africa’s (MFWA) Professor Kwame Karikari, who in an address during an occasion to mark the 2019 World Press Freedom Day in Ghana, revealed that Manasseh Azure Awuni of the Multimedia Group spent most part of March and April this year running and hiding from unknown people.
However, speaking in an interview on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen show, Mr Nkrumah explained that the government was not privy to that report and not even Mr Awuni made mention of it when he met him two weeks ago at the National Media Commission Office in Accra.
“Government is not aware that the journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni’s recent travel outside the country was due to safety reasons and so we will be surprised if we are kept in the dark on such developments,’’ he said.
“We are in a democratic society and so we can agree and disagree on issues with your work (journalists), question and criticise but it should not get to the extent where people’s lives are threatened; so we will continue to provide the necessary security to journalists,” he assured.
Source: Adomonline.com | Gertrude Otchere