It has become necessary to clear the doubts fuelled by a false rumour, first peddled on social media, that Joy News used a drone to capture former President John Mahama packing out of the controversial No. 3 Prestige Link residence at Cantonments, Accra.
We believe the claims were utterly false, fabricated with malicious intent to cause disaffection for Joy News.
We would like to state without equivocation that the video in question was taken in December 2016, more specifically on the 9th, as part of our election coverage.
It was shot during a live broadcast to show supporters of the then governing National Democratic Congress heading to the president’s residence.
There was no question of packing by the president and the video could not have been intended to show him doing same.
The incendiary and sensational reports, therefore, that we sent drones to violate the former president’s privacy by showing him packing are baseless and unsubstantiated.
For the avoidance of doubt, no video has been shot of the President’s residence after December the 9th – those shots were taken on December 9, 2016 and shows NDC supporters marching to the president’s house.
Ours is responsible journalism rooted in respect for the ethics of the profession.