The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has condemned the invasion of the premises of Omni Media Limited, owners of Accra-based Citi TV and Citi FM by heavily armed national security personnel.
About seven heavily armed personnel from national security yesterday, May 11, 2021 stormed Citi TV/FM premise to effect arrest of a broadcast journalist with the media house, Zoe Abu-Baidoo, minutes after one of her colleague, Caleb Kudah was arrested whiles filming at the premises of the National Security Ministry, a security zone.
The ‘scary’ pursuit and subsequent arrest of Zoe Abu-Baidoo, according to officials of the National Security Ministry, became necessary after interrogations with Caleb Kudah reveals that she [Zoe] received files from Caleb during the time he was filming at the restricted premises.
However, the arrest of the journalists and the manner in which the premises of the employer of the journalists was stormed have been condemned by the NDC.
According to Sammy Gyamfi, the National Communications Officer of the NDC who reveals the party’s position on the matter, “the arrest of Caleb Kudah and the gestapo invasion of the office of Citi FM by armed National Security operatives. The act is unlawful and preposterous.”
The party, through Sammy Gyamfi further calls for what it says is the ‘oppression’ of media practitioners in the country under the siting president, President Akufo-Addo to stop.
“The oppression of journalists and citizens by the despotic Akufo-Addo gov’t must stop. #SayNoToCultureOfSilence,” Sammy stated in a facebook post.