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04-Dec-2013  
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Government has noted a story stuck in an obscure corner on myjoyonline.com in which they purport to render an apology to H.E President John Dramani Mahama over a false publication in which they categorically stated that the “Presidency stopped Merchant Bank from recovering debts from company owned by president’s brother”.

Government is alarmed that after demonstrating gross unprofessionalism by making such a malicious publication without recourse to the Presidency for clarification and deliberately distorting information available to them in a manner that sought to impugn the integrity of the President, Joy FM and myjoyonline.com would adopt such a half-hearted approach towards correcting the erroneous impression their story created. Even more worrying is the failure of the two entities to give this deficient “clarification and apology” the same prominence they gave the original false publication.

We note that this is not the first time that Joy FM and myjoyonline.com have failed to meet basic journalistic and broadcasting standards of double checking information before publication. Joy FM has adopted a strategy of putting out one-sided damaging stories about Government and subsequently asking Government to respond. When the response suggests otherwise, an obscure apology is rendered by which time damage has already been done to Government’s reputation. This unwholesome practice by Joy FM suggests a deliberate ploy to make Government unpopular with a view to promoting a regime change.

On this occasion, Government is unable to consider the so-called clarification and apology, in the manner that it has been issued, as adequate to undo the damage that the initial misleading publication has done to the image of the Presidency in particular and the country as a whole. We also find as unacceptable the total lack of prominence given to this supposed apology as compared to the original story.

Government by this rejoinder demands a full, unqualified apology from Joy FM and myjoyonline.com and expects that this will be given the same prominence that the original malicious publication received, failing which steps would be taken to seek redress in the matter.



FELIX KWAKYE OFOSU
DEPUTY MINISTER FOR INFORMATION AND MEDIA RELATIONS
 
 
Source: Peacefmonline.com/Ghana
 
 

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