Media General Group, owners of Onua TV/FM, has debunked claims of threat to Ghana’s peace and security by the Police Service vis-à-vis a recent comments made by its morning show host, Blessed Godsbrain Smart, popularly known as Captain Smart.
Captain Smart was arrested on Thursday, December 2, 2021, by the Ghana Police Service over alleged “unsavoury pronouncements that hinge on peace and security”.
The police in its statement said: “Captain Smart has been cautioned on the offence of offensive conduct conducive to breaches of the peace as provided under section 2017 of the Criminal Act, 1960 (Act 29)”.
But the Media General Group in a reaction to the claims against its Morning Show Host said that the police misinterpreted the comments by Captain Smart.
“…Media General believes that the statement made by Captain Smart should not be one that should be interpreted in the manner that the Police did, and also to add that we are increasingly concerned about the new trend of the arrest of Journalists and media practitioners.”
“This recent trend of picking Journalists has affected Journalists who work with Media General who are simply doing their work and, like every Ghanaian, should be protected by the Constitution.”
“Thursday’s arrest and detention of Captain Smart is by no means an isolated incident, but just one more egregious example of the intolerance increasingly creeping into Ghanaian society.”
“We are convinced that a careful review of the entire statement made by Captain Smart would reveal that it did not amount to threats to the peace and or stability of the country as claimed by the Ghana Police.”
Below is the full press statement