Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Ghana: Government rescinds decision to boycott local Multimedia Group on grounds of its alleged anti-NDC “bias”
The response from the political opposition and from media organizations was immediate, with the Media Foundation for West Africa calling on President John Atta Mills to reverse the decision. The Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) even threatened to take legal action should the boycott not be reversed. As mentioned above, Nana Akufo-Addo voiced his astonishment, and Jerry John Rawlings - while reacting adversely to the suspension of his aide and spokesman Kofi Adams – authorised the latter to appear on a Joy FM programme following the announcement of the NDC boycott of its Multimedia Group parent company.
The subsequent rescinding of the boycott is important in particular as it re-affirms Ghana's commitment to press freedom. Government representatives still maintain, however, that the Multimedia Group has shown bias against the NDC for the past three years.
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