Kweku Baako to demonstrate over plan to block social media

Kweku Baako to demonstrate over plan to block social media

The editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, says he will hit the streets to demonstrate if the police go ahead with plans to block social media sites on election day.

Kweku Baako to demonstrate over plan to block social media

Kweku Baako

The Inspector General of Police John Kudalor said on Thursday that the service was considering shutting down social media services on November 7 to prevent them from being used to create tension in the country.

“At one stage I said that if it becomes critical on the eve and also on the Election Day, we shall block all social media as other countries have done. We’re thinking about it,” he said.

“We are also thinking about the other alternative that the police should be IT compliant and get our own social media [account] to be able to stop these things on time,” he added.

The announcement has been condemned by members of the public, including the opposition New Patriotic Party and some civil society organisations.

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Commenting on the development on Joy FM's News File on Saturday, Mr Baako said he was not certain of what exactly the IGP said or  meant to say, but in terms of the principle, if that kind of policy was ever put in place, he would hit the streets to protest it.

“I believe the society, as a civilised law governing society, we should be striving for responsible speech or responsible use of media outlets, whether traditional media or social media. That is what we should be striving for, but if it comes to the extremes, choosing between the culture of silence and ugly noises, I will prefer the latter to the former,” he added.

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