The Attorney-General, Mrs Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong has dragged Joy FM Super Morning Show’s host and Multimedia Group Limited to the National Media Commission (NMC).
The A-G is seeking an apology and the retraction of comments allegedly made by Mr Kojo Yankson, the host of the station’s breakfast show, that she (the A-G) had said she was not involved in the arrangements relating to the two detainees, as published by Mr Yankson and Multimedia.
“The statement broadcasted by Kojo Yankson and Multimedia Group Limited has caused me considerable embarrassment.”
“I am, therefore, humbly requesting the National Media Commission to direct Kojo Yankson and the Multimedia Group Limited to apologise and retract the false statements they have made and give an undertaking not to repeat the words complained of,” the A-G said in a complaint filed with the NMC.
Mrs Appiah-Opong accused Kojo Yankson and Multimedia Group of broadcasting and publishing an untrue statement calculated to mislead the public and also broadcasting and publishing defamatory words.
According to her, on January 12, 2016 this year, she was accosted by someone who neither introduced himself, nor indicate that he was an employee of Multimedia Group or state that he was conducting an interview, after President John Dramani Mahama’s press conference which addressed a number of issues of national concern.
“A gentleman walked up to me and asked me about the specific law under which the Government of Ghana was keeping the two detainees of the US government from the Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba”. She accordingly, responded that he should “speak to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration on the matter”.
The AG said that on the Wednesday January 13, 2016, edition of the Joy Super Morning Show programme, Kojo Yankson and Multimedia Group broadcasted and published words which were misleading and calculated to mislead the public.
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The host is alleged to have said, “I just want to share a piece of information from yesterday. Actually, I have been thinking about whether to share but I think I should because it wasn’t given to me in confidence. I walked up to the Attorney-General and asked her this same question: Under what law can we stop these two individuals if they decide that at any point they want to live elsewhere and are leaving before the two years is up?
“She told me that she was not involved in these arrangements and that if I wanted to know, I ought to speak to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that dealt with this matter.”
“She, the Attorney-General, the lawyer of government, was not involved in the arrangements. I mean I wasn’t speaking to her off record, so I feel absolutely fine sharing that the A-G of Ghana was not involved,” the A-G quoted Mr Yankson as saying on the show.
She said subsequent events led to the fact that the gentleman in question was Mr Yankson, the host of the Super Morning Show on Joy FM.
Mrs Appiah-Opong said she quickly drew the attention of the Minister of Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, who coincidentally happened to be contributing to the discussion on the said programme by mobile phone that she never told Mr Yankson that she was not involved in arrangements relating to the two Guantanamo detainees.
This was after she was alerted of the said broadcast and publication by Mr Yankson and the Multimedia Group.
The A-G might have felt peeved by the response of the host when her response was relayed to him. He is alleged to have said:
“I have got to state that it is important from what you said that the Attorney-General apparently is denying having spoken to me and told me that she wasn’t involved in the decision.”
The A-G is contending having not denied her involvement in the arrangement relating to the Gitmo detainees. “I cannot and have not denied that Kojo Yankson spoke to me after the press conference. However, I never said to him that I was not involved in the arrangement relating to the two detainees, as broadcasted by him and Multimedia Group Limited,” she said.
Meanwhile, when Kojo Yankson was contacted, he stated categorically clear that the commission had not written to him on the issue but gave an assurance that he would respond to the matter, if he was invited.