Media General Finally Speaks As Captain Smart Has Been Released


Media General the mother media group for TV3 Ghana, Onua TV, Onua FM, 3 FM Akoma FM and few other media brands in Ghana on yesterday 2nd of December gave press release in defense of their presenter Captain Smart who was arrested by Ghana Police Service yesterday.

The paragraphs below contain a full copy of the press release issued by the Media House.

Nima Divisional Police Command today arrested broadcaster
Blessed Godsbrain Smart, popularly known as “Captain Smart”, the host of the morning show “Onua
Maakye on Media General subsidiaries, Onua TV and Onua FM.
At about 11am on Thursday, Smart received officers from the National Investigations Bureau (NIB) in his
home who invited him to their office, to which he obliged. He was subsequently taken to the Nima Police
station in Accra for interrogation.

At the Nima Police Station, Smart was cautioned on the offence of offensive conduct conducive to breaches
of the peace as provided under section 207 of the Criminal Act, 1960 (Act 29).” He provided a caution
statement and then was granted bail.
According to the Police, the arrest of Captain Smart was due to some unsavoury pronouncements he was
alleged to have made that, according to them, hinged on the peace and security of the country.

However, 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 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.

Today’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 the 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.

The Media General Group would like to urge the Ghana Police Service and the IGP to exercise restraint in
their dealings with journalists legitimately doing their work and dismiss these broad charges so that press
freedom would be protected.

We at Media General shall continue to preach and exercise responsible journalism. However, we would
continue to empower our journalists and broadcasters to be fearless, honest and forthright in their
professional outlook always.
Christopher Koney
(Group Head, of Corporate Affairs)

Original copy of statement issued by Media General.

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