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General News of Wednesday, 30 July 2003

Source: GNA

CID To Investigate Ghanaweb

Accra, July 30, GNA - The Ghana News Agency (GNA) has asked the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to investigate how Ghanaweb came to post a story on their web site, which claimed that the plot to kill the Ya-Na was planned at the Office of the Ex-Minister for The Interior and credited it to the Agency.

In a letter to the Director of CID, GNA said its attention had been drawn to the story which was posted at the Ghanaweb website on Monday although it never filed such a story.

"The Ghana News Agency wishes to state with all emphasis that this despicable story did not emanate from us," the letter signed by Mr Mawusi Afele, Acting Supervising Chief Editor, said.

"It bore no features of our style, format, language, professionalism and checks and balances. The Ghana News Agency would be grateful if the CID would investigate this serious criminal act."

The GNA said if Ghanaweb had been careful, it should have known that the story could not have emanated from the Agency because it bore no transmission number; no item number; no slug; no dateline and did not come from our network.

According to an E-mail sent by Ghanaweb to GNA the item got into their system from

Statement From Ghanaweb

On the 28th of July GhanaWeb published a news article about an alleged plot to kill Ya-Na.

Due to a "technical hitch, the article was wrongly credited to the Ghana News Agency. Since the article came from a source of unknown authenticity, it was removed immediately from the website as soon as the error was detected.

This incident was caused by a technical deficiency in the infrastructure for news-distribution which was not adequately covered by GhanaWeb's internal procedures.

Appropriate measures have now been taken to ensure the position of GhanaWeb as the leading independent news-medium on the Internet is not compromised.

GhanaWeb wishes to apologize to its readers, the Ghana News Agency and those affected for this unfortunate incident.