- Deputy Information Minister says radio stations not invited to President Akuffo-Addo's maiden press conference were not excluded due to political affiliations
- He says a different group of journalists will be invited in subsequent press meetings
Deputy Information Minister, Mr. Curtis Perry, has explained why Accra based Radio Gold was not invited to President Nana Akuffo-Addo's first interactive press conference.
Contrary to reports that certain media houses and radio stations were not invited to the President's maiden interactive meeting with the Ghanaian press community. The Deputy Minister indicated that for every media house to have a representative at the press meeting held at the Flagstaff House, the seat of government.
Shortly after President Akuffo-Addo's press meeting began, rumor that Radio Gold, a perceived pro National Democratic Congress (NDC) media house, was not invited due to their perceived political affiliations have run rife.
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Although commenting on the issue on Peace FM on Tuesday Morning, Deputy Information Minister Curtis Perry Okudzeto pointed out that with over 350 radio stations, 150 newspapers, 20 television stations, having all media houses at the press meeting would have been impossible.
“It was not a possibility that we will have a representative from every single media house.” Said the Deputy Minister, "We found a way of pruning down the names by inviting people so that we can be able to take care of the numbers.”
The Deputy Minister related that the absence of certain radio stations from the press meeting was definitely not due to any political reason whatsoever, saying: "There is no discrimination as to particular media houses that have been invited," adding that, "they also represent a section of the Ghanaian society.”
“If unfortunately, a particular media house has not been invited it is not because the station is CPP or PNC, that is not the criteria,” said Mr. Curtis Okudzeto, adding that, "they also represent a section of the Ghanaian society.”
According to the Deputy Minister, other media houses will be invited to the encounter on subsequent media encounters.
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