The Ministry of Information has condemned the recent attack on United Television (U TV), a private television station in Accra.
In a statement under the hand of the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Ministry said it had made a report to the Ghana Police Service to intervene in the incident, which involved a group of persons entering UTV’s studios without authorization to express displeasure at the content of a live TV program.
It is reported that the Ghana Police Service has apprehended some 16 individuals in connection to this incident, and a comprehensive investigation is currently underway to ascertain the motives behind the intrusion and identify those responsible.
“The right to free expression and the freedom of the media are key pillars of our democracy and must be fiercely protected,” the statement said. “The Ministry stands with the police and the courts in the conduct of their duties.”
The Ministry also encouraged the media, especially broadcast media show hosts and panellists, to do their utmost to help promote national cohesion even as they exercise their fundamental freedoms.
Read below the full statement: