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Media General Issues “Release” On Captain Smart Arrest and Subsequent Released – Details

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The media General, the Parent company of Onua Tv, where Captain Smart works as a morning host journalist, has issued a release to address matters regarding the arrest and the released of Captain Smart.

The release released in the evening of  Thursday reads :

(ACCRA, Thursday, December 2, 2021)- The 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 Acra 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.

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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 daimed 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.

 

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