The National Media Commission (NMC) have been petitioned by the government to investigate Joy News’ Manasseh Azure Awuni’s latest expose titled ‘Militia in the Heart of the Nation’.
A petition signed by Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah read: “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 invite you to investigate the publication, the subject matter of this complaint,”
“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 government is among the parties seeking an order for the retraction of and an apology to the Government of Ghana on the contents of the said documentary.
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.
De-Eye Group Limited has also sued Multimedia Group and Manasseh over the documentary, demanding GHc10 million in damages.