In what appears like a comparison between the current government and the erstwhile John Mahama led administration in terms of security issues, Freelance Journalist and publicist, Manasseh Azure Awune posted a series of questions to the President of the republic and his party, the New Patriotic Party in a recent post on his Facebook page.
“Did they tell us that the current occupant of the Jubilee House is firm believer in democracy, free speech and the rule of law? Does he know about these things? Does he sanction them? Does he know that the average journalist feels more insecure in his regime than in the regime of his predecessor? Does he still hold the values attributed to him, those that made him a strong voice and a challenger of these vices in the Rawlings era?” Manasseh questioned.
This post follows a recent invitation of the CEO of Kofi Tv, Kofi Adoma by the Criminal Investigation Department regarding a prediction he made prior to the president’s COVID-19 address to the nation. The content of the video released by Kofi predicted with more than 90% accuracy, what the president said in his speech.
This close to perfect preemption informed the CID’s decision to invite the journalist. This however does not make sense to a lot of people including Manassah who opined that, “A journalist is killed. Nobody has been held responsible, including those who incite the public to attack him and they would be responsible for it. National Security operatives raid a media house, seize journalists and phones and computers. They allegedly torture the journalists, but could not prove any offence they have committed. Nobody has been punished but another “journalist is invited to the CID headquarters because he did a video that predicted accurately what the president is likely to say on the easing of restrictions.”
He further added that, this is not the change we voted for. Unless the president is telling us that he is responsible for only the good things that happen in his administration.