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Henry Quartey charges IGP to ensure law on false publication on social media works

The Minister for the Interior, Henry Quartey, has charged the Inspector General of Police George Akuffo Dampare to ensure that the law governing false publication on social media works effectively.

The minister indicated that though everyone is entitled to free speech and movement, that should not cause fear and panic.

Speaking during a working visit to the police headquarters in Accra on Monday (8 April), Quartey said, “Social media media has become a space where everybody threatens everybody and says anything anyhow. As IGP you have the powers to stop this.”

He added that it has become common for people to make threatening remarks during elections, “anybody who sits in their rooms and makes those remarks we will go after you because that is what the law says. Your statements and actions should not incite the public.”

“Free speech, free association and free movement but we must be guided by the law. So social media commentators who find it comfortable to threaten people, I think you should be careful, because when we hear you, we will look for you.”

The Inspector General of Police George Akuffo Dampare said the service is prepared to ensure that the 2024 General Elections is peaceful.

“I will also at this point thank the good people of our beloved country for their support in diverse ways which have also helped us to go out there to work in partnership with them in solving so many problems.”

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