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Ejura report: Committee didn’t blame or chastise media, says Antwi-Danso

The member of the Ejura Committee says the body only ensured that what was presented by the media as evidence was exactly what transpired on the grounds

Dr Vladimir Antwi-Danso, a member of the Koomson Committee that probed the Ejura disturbances, has refuted claims that the fact-finding body blamed and held the media responsible for the melee and killings in June.

Speaking on Asaase Radio’s Town Hall Talk Show, the security expert explained that, the committee only educated the entire country on the negative effect of sensational reportage and how it has caused civil unrests and political conflicts in other countries.

“Again, this is a big mistake and we should be very careful. I am a specialist in conflict, my Lord Justice is also a specialist in the sense that he’s been judging. Too much emotions on this issue and it makes me angry… Why were we picking on anybody we advised and any committee that is unable to educate and bring out issues is no good committee.

“At that point, my Lord Justice started it and he said look, conflicts have started and ended badly in several countries and so the media should be very careful because a greater of such conflicts came from the media, so that advice is to the general public and people thought we were pining down Erastus Asare Donkor [a journalist with the Multimedia Group]. He was our key witness,” Antwi-Danso told the show’s sit-in host Beatrice Adu.

He added: “We heard all they said, we are experienced people and we couldn’t have accepted that media reportage, they thought we were castigating Erastus. We tried to rather help and he accepted it finally. He gave us the best of the videos, and if I had my way, he should be honoured [for the] very good videos.

“So we didn’t say we rejected Erastus’s videos. Let’s get it straight, Erastus’s videos were the main thing that helped us, he had the authentic one but the ones he tried to show which we rejected was edited and he finally brought us the original one, and that is what we wanted without any biases to it. The ones we took out were things he admitted were not part of his videos, so if he agreed, why should his superiors have issues with it?”

The Ejura unrest

The civil unrest in Ejura erupted when a social activist, Ibrahim Mohammed “Kaaka”, 45, was attacked by unknown people on 27 June.

He died on Monday (28 June) at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, where he was receiving treatment. Security personnel then fired into an angry crowd of young protesters in the town after the funeral of “Kaaka” on 29 June, killing Abdul Nasiw and Muntala Mohammed.

Since the report was made public, many people including the family have accused the committee of not doing a thorough work.

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