TV 3 Network has also rendered unequivocal apology to the Parliament of Ghana for airing the comments of the Chairman of the Global Vaccine Safety Initiative of the World Health Organsiation (WHO), Prof. Alexander Dodoo, in which he is alleged to have made unsavory remarks about the legislature.
The Production Manager of TV3, Mr. Gabriel Kwaku Asante Bosompim, appearing before the Privileges Committee, Thursday, with his Counsel, Philip Dzimonor, told members that if he had known that the airing of Prof. Dodoo’s comments was contemptuous to the institution of Parliament, the station wouldn’t have done so.
“I want to say that we will continue to render our apology for the exercise of editorial indiscretion on the part of TV3. We are sorry for that,” Counsel for TV3, Philip Dzimonor pleaded.
He made those remarks when the Committee drew his attention to the fact that TV3’s failure to remove the unsavory remarks made by Prof. Dodoo’s which was broadcast in their 7pm news bulletin make them equally liable for contempt.
TV3 had made an appearance at the instance of the Privileges Committee chaired by the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Ebo Barton-Odro, after it came to their notice that Prof. Dodoo’s alleged unsavory remarks was also made on the television network during the 7pm news bulletin.
The said interview which was played at the hearing had Prof. Dodoo calling on members of the legislature to shut up if they had no knowledge about the Ebola Vaccine trail phase 1 which was being carried in the Hohoe Municipality in the Volta Region.
“I don’t think this is about politics and I think it is wrong for the Volta Region NDC or NPP Caucus to be talking about things that they haven’t even taken the burden to get the facts. I believe that the people should rather ask or shut up,” Prof. Dodoo was quoted as saying in the said news bulletin.
However, having come to the realization that the network was equally liable for broadcasting the contemptuous remarks, Mr. Bosompim, through his Counsel pleaded for clemency.
Prior to doing that, lead Counsel for Prof. Dodoo, Yoni Kulendi also pleaded on their behalf for failing to do what was right.
“Mr. Chairman, I am doing the begging and carrying the action of Mr. Bosompim’s behalf and on behalf of TV3, all of us try to complement the role of this House in the nature of democracy in which Parliament is the lead institution.
There are many actors and sometimes there is cross fire and cross purpose but the intent Mr. Chairman, to affront the dignity of this Honorable House is far from that. I believe that upon hindsight the station just like we wouldn’t have want it to be would have edited it.”
“Mr. Chairman, therefore, I crave the mercies and accommodation in the interest of this system of governance that you play a lead role in that Mr. Chairman this Committee and for that matter the House views our role and their role with the utmost leniency that this House can find in the circumstances. Thank you very much,” noted Mr. Kulendi.