…over Castle exclusion
From Issah Alhassan, Kumasi
A CROSS Section of journalists in Kumasi are fuming with rage over the failure by the seat of government to extend invitations to them anytime there is a press interaction at the Castle.
The journalists argue that it is highly unfair, discriminative and lack of respect on the part of the Presidency to concentrate its attention only in the capital city, when there are equally competent journalists outside Accra, who could have been invited to the occasion.
The aggrieved media practitioners from both the print and electronic media wondered why for far too long, successive Presidents refuse to invite personnel from outside the capital, a situation which they claim deny people in other regions the opportunity to be represented in matters affecting them.
President Mills last Friday held his second successive media interaction with some selected editors at the Osu Castle, but only members from the inky fraternity in Accra were extended official invitations to participate in the programme.
The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Nana Yaw Osei, has expressed his disappointment in the apparent lack of recognition for journalists in the Kumasi Metropolis and other regions, other than the capital.
Speaking on Fox FM yesterday, the Regional GJA Boss said media personnel in Kumasi would advise themselves if the trend continues.
He said there was no justification for the Presidency to exclude journalists from the other regions, stressing that if the Presidency claims to be meeting journalists in Ghana, then it would be appropriate to invite representatives from the various regions across the country.
Amongst other prominent radio presenters who have expressed their disapproval at the exclusion by the Castle include Kwame Adinkrah, host of Angel FM breakfast show and Captain Kwadwo Smart of Fox FM.
They noted that similar discrimination was witnessed during the first year of ex-President Kufuor administration, when few journalists were invited to the Castle to interact with him.
“If governments think Kumasi, and for that matter other regions are not part of Ghana when it comes to issues like this, then they should let us know so that we can advise ourselves, when you say something that goes against them, you have people calling to register their protest,” Acoustic, a Sports presenter at Angel FM lamented.
Meanwhile, The Chronicle’s efforts to seek clarification from the Director of Communication at the Castle, Koku Anyidoho, proved unfruitful as he failed to answer several calls to his mobile set.