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General News of Thursday, 18 July 2019


Few bad news overshadowing the many good things by gov't - Gabby Otchere-Darko

A leading member of the New Patriotic Party, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko has claimed that the perception held by some Ghanaians that the Akufo-Addo administration is underperforming is attributable to bad press coverage.

He blamed the negative media reportage for the backlash the government is receiving suggesting that the governing NPP doing much better than some portray it to be doing.

In a Twitter post, the NPP stalwart and nephew to the President admitted that the lukewarm posture of the government towards the ‘few’ bad news that come up occasionally cast negative shadow on the good works done.

“This issue is not one of this government doing badly. No! It is because it is allowing the few bad news to overshadow the many good deeds it constantly does…” part of his facebook post read.

Government has been hit by a number of ‘negative’ stories in the past few weeks.

The alleged torture of two ModernGhana reporters made news with many claiming that it may be part of an effort by government to clampdown on media freedom.

This week, an Accra High Court overturned a bail granted Gregory Afoko, a suspect in the murder of late NPP Upper East Regional Chairman, Adams Mahama, by another High Court in March this year.

The reversal of the bail has been condemned by many including several civil society groups.

While government plays no role in the granting of bail and or the strict adherence of the court’s decision, many narratives have sought to suggest that the government may be complicit in the process.

This, Gabby Otchere-Darko believes, should be dealt with by the government’s communicators.

He is urging government’s communication machinery to be more proactive in putting out the achievements and successes being chalked.

“We can do much better in telling the story. Surely.”

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