President John Mahama has defended the BNI’s invitation to Citi FM’s Chief Executive Officer and Editor of the Daily Graphic over their organisations reports on the busted cocaine woman.
According to him, the conduct of the BNI has brought clarity and certainty to the controversies surrounding the matter.
Samuel Attah Mensah, popularly known as Sammens and the Editor of the Daily Graphic, Ransford Tetteh were invited by the BNI on Monday over their respective reportage on matter.
“Once it has been reported that this woman who is not a diplomat is in possession of a diplomatic passport, the Bureau of National Investigations had to perform its duties”.
“As irony will have it, the primary function of that institution is the pursuit of information for the security and safeguard of our nation and its citizens. In the investigations, the BNI narrowed down the stories to the original source of dissemination in Ghana to the Radio station and the Newspaper,” the President stated at an event IN Accra to mark 20 years of media plurality in Ghana.
He added: “Both editors were asked (not ordered), to come to the BNI and assist with investigations. They were not arrested or detained and they both have publicly said so”.
He said efforts of the BNI has in “truth” helped to unravel the mystery surrounding the story.
“In truth BNI has worked to help, not hamper the media to provide the public with accurate and verifiable information about a news worthy item,” he stated.
He expressed worry about media reports, which he says, seek to suggest that the invitation by the BNI was undemocratic.