Member of Parliament (MP) for Asense Akroso Manso, George Kwame Aboagye, has justified the raiding of the office of Citi FM/Citi TV by some national security operatives to cause the arrest of a female journalist over some files she received from a colleague via social media platform, WhatsApp.
On Tuesday, May 11, 2021, Caleb Kudah, was arrested for filming some abandoned MASLOC cars parked within the premises of the National Security Ministry.
In the process, some heavily armed national security operatives in three pick-ups rushed to the premises of Citi FM/Citi TV to arrest Zoe Abu-Baidoo Addo, another Citi Journalist, for receiving some files from Caleb Kudah.
The ‘Rambo-style’ manner in which the security operatives stormed the Adabraka-based media house to cause the arrest has been heavily criticized by the public.
But speaking on Original 91.9FM’s Adwenekasa on Friday morning, the Asense Akroso Manso lawmaker defended the action of the National Security operatives arguing that they were operating within their mandate.
The legislator indicated that the security operatives had to act swiftly to retrieve the material filmed to avoid being circulated, therefore, they are not to be blamed.
“They found out he had sent some of the captured films to a colleague, At that particular moment if they had no rushed to the premises of Citi FM/Citi TV to retrieve it. I don’t care about the three or four vehicles they went with.
“The premises they were heading to had securities. What if they are overpowered when they get there? They had to be well-equipped and swift to carry out their responsibly as assigned to them.’
Not because I’m an NPP or I belong to the governing party. No. They have to be swift. They didn’t know the content of the file he sent,” the legislator argued..
Meanwhile, a private legal practitioner, Moses Foh-Amoaning, has reprimanded the secret filming of the Ministry of National Security premises by Caleb Kudah, describing his action as a breach of journalism ethics and unreservedly wrong.
According to him, the young journalist erred by deceiving the National Security operatives in order to get access into the National Security premises to film the abandoned cars.
He further called on the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Omni Media Limited, Samuel Atta Mensah to guide and mentor the enterprising media practitioner from going astray because he’s full of potentials.
National Security to probe the alleged assault
The Ministry of National Security says it has initiated investigations into claims by Citi FM and Citi TV Journalist, Caleb Kudah, that he was assaulted by some National Security operatives.
The Ministry in responding to the arrest of Caleb Kudah and Zoe Abu-Baidoo, promised to take appropriate steps if the allegations are found to be true.
“The Ministry takes with all seriousness, the allegations of manhandling of the two journalists during the interrogation. The Ministry has therefore initiated investigations into the said allegations,” the Ministry said in a statement.
BY: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana