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Militia documentary: Gov’t drags Manasseh, Multimedia to NMC

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The National Media Commission (NMC) have been petitioned by the Government of Ghana over the ‘Castle militia’ documentary produced by the Multimedia group and Investigative Journalist Manasseh Azure.

The seven page petition signed by the Minister for Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah is addressed to the Chairman of the National Media Commission (NMC), and dated March 13, 2019.

According to the petition, “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”.

In the petition, government described the narrative of the 22 minute documentary as misleading and constitutes a dishonest and deliberate misrepresentation.

“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,” the petition reads.

The government is among other things seeking an order for the retraction and an apology to the Government of Ghana on the contents of the said documentary.

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