We will not ban social media - Police

We will not ban social media - Police

The director of communications of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Cephas Arthur, has said that the police will not ban social media on election day.

It follows widespread condemnation of the police after IGP John Kudalor threatened to ban social media.

“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,” COP Kudalor said.

But speaking at Blogging Ghana's Blog Camp on Saturday, Superintendent Arthur said the police had no active plan to ban social media.

According to him, the IGP only mooted the idea as one of the options for maintaining peace on election day.

“The IGP used the word alternatives but it looks as if nobody heard the other alternatives that he mentioned because nobody is discussing that. This was not part of his speech. It was a kind of off the top of his head answer.

“Let us not be alarmed. The IGP is not about to block social media on election day and we are going to have our social media,” he said.

The special representative of the United Nations secretary general for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWA), Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas, warned last week that the UN would not endorse any attempts to ban social media in Ghana during elections.

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