De-Eye Group: Manasseh Azure's NPP 'militia' documentary misleading – NMC

The National Media Commission (NMC) has described the 'militia' documentary by Multimedia journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni as misleading and a misrepresentation of facts.

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The NMC in its ruling after the government filed a complaint over the documentary said "The Commission finds the commentary on the documentary and the association with the Ayawaso West Wuogon violence as misleading and a misrepresentation. However, because the Multimedia Group published a rejoinder from the Government, we direct that it publishes our ruling."

This comes after the government petitioned the NMC over the De-Eye Group Limited, the company at the centre of the controversial training of a number of youth at the Christianborg Castle, Osu, who were captured in an undercover documentary by Manasseh Azure Awuni.

The petition said, "the Government of Ghana brings this complaint pursuant to article 167(b) of the Constitution as well as section 2(1) (b) of the National Media Commission Act, 1993 (Act 449) and invites you to investigate the publication, the subject matter of this complaint".

The petition indicated that the narrative of the 22 minute documentary stated emphatically that a "militia" had been uncovered training and operating at a "Security Zone", with the complicity of the Government of Ghana, and identified them as belonging to the New Patriotic Party. The alleged Security Zone was identified as the Christiansborg Castle, Osu, Accra, and the "militia" was also named as "De-Eye Group"

The NMC after its investigations said the documentary is misleading.

The NMC noted "the inclusion of shots from the Ayawaso West Wuogon violence and attack on the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator were at variance with the activities of the D-Eye Group as captured at the Castle. The Commission concluded that there was no predisposition to violence in the documentary. Therefore, the association of the D-Eye Group with the Ayawaso West Wuogon Violence and the BBC story from Nigeria, were sensational.

"On the issue when the D-Eye Group exited the Castle, whilst the Government insisted that the group was evicted in October 2018, the Multimedia Group insisted that it was after the documentary that the eviction was carried out.

"Again, whereas Multimedia provided evidence of attempts by government officials to remove the group from the Castle, it still associated the President with the group and the Commission held that it was unfair especially when the Multimedia Group later publicly apologized to the President.

"The Commission is of the view that whereas it finds the presence in the Castle of the D-Eye Group problematic and unacceptable, the group did not manifest any violent conduct to be described as a militia or vigilante group from the documentary as the people of Ghana have come to identify such groups."

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