A member of the communication team of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Fredua Ofori Atta, has expressed open endorsement of the commentary by the two General Secretaries of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on matters in relation to the election petition suit.
Nana Fredua believe some journalists do ask ‘needless’ question which oftentimes lead to the two gentlemen veering of course.
Since the hearings of the 2012 election petition filed by the NPP against the Electoral Commission (EC) and the ruling NDC, General Secretaries of the NDC and NPP, Johnson Asiedu Nketia and Kwadwo Afriyie have been criticized by some renowned lawyers and the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) for the utterances after court proceedings.
Newly elected President of the Ghana Journalist Association, Mr. Affail Monney, is purported to have cautioned the media, to put a halt to engaging the infamous General Secretaries for the two major political parties in Ghana after each Supreme Court proceedings.
Speaking on Asempa FM, the NPP communicator queried journalists and political talk show hosts to examine their choice of questions they ask so as not to let the general secretaries deviate and misconstrue court proceedings.
“I would also want to ask the journalists and hosts of political shows whether they have also stop asking some needless questions? Because some questions asked by these journalists and hosts are scandalous. If they stop asking them (Sir John and Asiedu Nketia) needless questions, they will stop talking. The kind of questions asked is the choice of answers they (the media) receive. If you ask them to express their opinions, they will talk their mind and that wouldn’t be in line with the proceedings.
“…for me I support the two general secretaries. Journalists and political talk show hosts should ask sensible questions that are in relation to what is going on in court. What is going on in court is not an issue to be joked with. It’s a serious issue and seriousness must be attached to it by the media, if not; I fully support the general secretaries,” he said.