There’s a trending news story about a young girl who was arrested by the police for publishing a ‘fake’ news story about Kumawood actor, Kwadwo Nkansah aka Lil Win.
The young lady who’s known as Candice is a part-time blogger and owner of Ghsplash.com and is currently in Ghana for holidays as she’s based in Russia. Her offense was that she had published a story that, Lil Win had allegedly knocked down someone with his car at around Peacefm, but the person was not injured and in a short video the blogger who was present at the scene attached to her story, Lil Win is seen narrating the story to someone at Peacefm.
Funny as it sounds, the police arrested her and UTV reported the news on their station of the police putting the girl in handcuffs, and forcing her face to stare at the cameras. Abeikua Santana, the same guy who edited his interview with Joselyn Dumas some months ago to suit his agenda ridiculed this young lady live on Tv and described her website as a fake news website, and not a credible one, so people should stop reading from her.
Is that not ridiculous? This is a clear example of a pot calling the kettle black. Abeiku Santana earlier this year incurred the wrath of Joselyn Dumas after he edited portions of his interview with her on his ‘Atuu’ show to suggest that, Joselyn Dumas once dated John Dumelo.
The story was subsequently published on peacefmonline.com, a property of the company he works for and people, that’s also a clear example of FAKE NEWS–He, Abeiku, edited someone’s interview to create a bad image about Joselyn Dumas and it would be recalled how Joselyn got pissed off and blasted him angrily on Twitter.
Yet, Abeiku still regards himself as a credible media person even when his actions suggests he was unprofessional. He didn’t sit on TV to tag peacefmonline and his show as FAKE after that one mistake but had the effrontery to help ridicule another blogger.
Maybe Joselyn Dumas should have also reported him to the police, for demeaning her brand and get him in cuffs and have it telecasted on Ghone Tv or TV3.
We are pissed off because, as far as we know, this was a civil case and not a criminal one, so what was the essence of UTV capturing the girl in cuffs as though she had committed a crime. A big brand like Abeiku Santana who should know that, we do not have criminal libel laws in Ghana and that slandering or libeling is not a criminal offence but a civil one and as such the best thing to do is to sue the person.
Here’s is another fake news from peacefmonline an affiliate of UTV and Okay Fm
We would spare Lil Win because he’s not that educated to even know that, but for Abeiku Santana to spearhead such an agenda against a young girl and pronounce her guilty without being given a chance in a competent court and coerce her to admit to something, she wouldn’t have if not for the state she found herself in, is very disappointing.
We have laws and processes in this country for a reason, and the framers of the law knew that instances like these could pop up, reason why they made such provisions, either than that, no one can have an opinion on any subject or character in this country.
If in any case, the girl even published a fake news story, as Lil Win and Abeiku wants us to believe, why not use the courts, sue her for defamation and make some money, than to create an impression she had committed an offence on Tv.
We can point out several other ‘Fake’ stories peacefmonline had published in the past, yet no one has arrested any of their staff writers. There are times that they even publish SATIRE stories as real news on their website.
Thing is, no one website in Ghana can boldly say, it has never had a story wrong and had to sometimes retract and apologise–
Anyways, nothing really works in Ghana and those with money are always right, what they say is final. There are some smart ones who will get the import of my article.
Written by Chris Handler (ghbase)