The Government has threatened to sue Ghanaian journalist Godsbrain Smart popularly known as Captain Smart for alleging in a video published and circulated by Onua TV on October 17 2022, that President Akufo-Addo is actively involved in illegal mining activities.
This publication, according to a statement issued by the Information Ministry, signed by the deputy sector Minister, Fatimatu Abubakar, 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, the government stated emphatically that:
i. President 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;
iii. The video is intended to court disaffection for government and undermine efforts to fight illegal mining in the country; and
iv. Government’s commitment to the fight against illegal mining is unwavering.
The statement disclosed that the Government has decided to refer the matter to the National Media Commission for review and adjudication.
“It is, however, imperative to note that the aforementioned action is without prejudice to government’s right to seek further legal action against Mr. Smart, Onua TV and Media General,” it added.
The government further noted that it is concerned about the spread of disinformation and misinformation, clothed under the pretext of journalistic discretion and free expression and 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 presentation of facts.