Majority Leader beats retreat.. Says his complaint was not meant to gag journalists

The Majority leader and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has said his complaint to the speaker about the absence of the media during the debate on the President’s State of the Nation Address last Wednesday on the floor was not a planned intention to gag the media.

The Majority Leader said this when leadership of Parliament, the Director of Public Affairs Directriat, Ms Kate Addo, and leadership and members of the Parliamentary Press Corps (PPC) held  a crunch meeting today (27th February, 2020) over Speaker of Parliament’s directive on Parliamentary reportage.

Speaking at the meeting, Mr Kyei Mensah Bonsu explained that the Speaker’s rulling was not to gag journalist in discharging their responsibility but to have give a clear direction as what to at what as well as to put Members of Parliament (MPs) in the known, especially when Parliament is in session.

He revealed that journalist in Parliament are there with the permission of the speaker and must abide by the rules and regulations of the house and if the speaker thinks something has gone wrong and has calls to draw the attention of the media to it, he (the Majority Leader) sees nothing wrong with it.

Mr Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu bragged that they (majority) have been in minority before and they scheduled all the press engagement not to conflict with Parliamentary proceedings.

Meanwhile the minority leader, Mr Haruna Idrusu has cautioned that the members of the Minority will not be part of any decision that will undermine press freedom in the country.

As people and leaders of the house believe and the share values of accountability and transparency are better enhance and deepen by free press will not do anything to destroy such foundation. He added.



Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

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