The attention of Government has been drawn to a video published and circulated by Onua TV on October 17, 2022, titled “Nana Addo is actively involved in galamsey – Captain Smart”, in which one Godsbrain Smart alleges that President Akufo-Addo is actively involved in illegal mining activities.
This publication impugns the character and integrity of the President, and the credibility and commitment of his fight against illegal and irresponsible mining.
In response to the content of the said video, government states emphatically that:
i. The President of the Republic, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has never been and is not involved in galamsey;
ii. The content propagated in the video is false, malicious and without basis. It is nothing but an act of unethical and irresponsible journalism;
iv. Government’s commitment to the fight against illegal mining is unwavering.
Government has decided to refer the matter to the National Media Commission for review and adjudication. However, it is imperative to note that the action as mentioned earlier is without prejudice to the government’s right to seek further legal action against Mr. Smart, Onua TV and Media General.
Government is concerned about spreading disinformation and misinformation, clothed under the pretext of journalistic discretion and free expression. This does not bode well for our democracy.
We will continue to hold Media General in high esteem and urge them not to compromise their standards for validating information, ethical practice, and avoiding conjecture in the presentation of facts.
Source: Ministry of Information