- Information Minister Mustapha Hamid has stated that he personally saw to the invitation of Radio Gold journalists to the President's first press encounter
- He's comments contradict those of Deputy Minister Cutris Perry Okudzeto
- Deputy Minister Okudzeto said Radio Gold was not invited because not all media houses could be invited to the media event due to numbers
Information Minister Mustapha Hamid has dismissed denied claims that government neglected to invite Radio Gold to yesterday's maiden interactive press encounter at the Flagstaff House.
According to the Information Minister, persons claiming that pro-NDC media houses were deliberately not invited to President Akuffo-Addo's press encounter had the wrong idea, referring to claims as "untrue".
Information Minister Hamid, who was speaking on Wednesday Morning's edition of NEAT FM's 'Ghana Montie', ardently insisted that he personally saw to it that Radio Gold journalists were invited.
According to Information Minister Hamid, he "ordered" his Deputy, and personal assistant to invite journalists from Radio Gold.
"We spoke to a gentleman called Alfred; I personally spoke to him and gave him a special invitation to come to the event,” he said.
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Information Minister Mr. Hamid went on to question why people where making allegations about government not inviting Radio Gold, adding that he had been personally "going around asking" those present if Radio Gold journalists who were invited had made it to the press conference.
"I knew this kind of allegations will come out after the program so I personally invited them. I am telling you on authority,” said Mr. Hamid, speaking to show host Kwesi Aboagye.
The Information Minister's comments seem to fly in the face of comments made by Deputy Information Minister Mr. Perry Curtis Okudzeto, who stated that Radio Gold wasn't the only radio station that "was not" invited to the press encounter.
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According to the Deputy Minister, for government to invite all media houses in Ghana to the press conference would have been an impossibility. He [Deputy Minister Okudzeto] expressed that while some media houses were invited, some inevitably could not be, a group which Radio Gold made part of.
“There is no discrimination as to particular media houses that have been invited,” said the Deputy Minister, who said Information Ministers visited all radio stations when they took up office, "they also represent a section of the Ghanaian society,” he added.
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