Police arrest 16 alleged NPP thugs for invading UTV studios

Numbering about 20, the irate youth delayed the airing of the popular show – United Showbiz – saying political activist A Plus, who is a regular pundit on the show, has shown gross disrespect to the NPP

The police have arrested at least 16 individuals identifying with the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) for invading the studios of Accra-based UTV, belonging to the Despite Media Group, in search of political activist A Plus.

Numbering over 20, the irate youth delayed the airing of the popular show – United Showbiz – saying A Plus, real name Kwame Obeng Asare, who is a regular pundit on the show, has shown gross disrespect to the NPP by tearing apart on set a letter from the party raising concerns about the show.

According to the NPP, the programme has become political.

A Plus, in reaction, said the letter was against the independence of the media and went on to rip his copy of the letter saying: “This letter is revolting because we have received calls from people threatening to collapse UTV United Showbiz,” reports Peacefmonline.com.

The leader of the group that invaded the studio on Saturday evening (7 October) said they want the popular highlife singer, A Plus, to apologise for his actions on air.

The police intervened and picked up 16 of the thugs.

“Following a complaint from the Despite Media Group and Ministry of Information that certain people had invaded the studios of U-TV this evening, the police proceeded to the scene and arrested sixteen (16) persons. They are currently at the Police Station assisting investigations,” the law enforcement body wrote on Facebook.

NMC’s response

Meanwhile, the National Media Commission (NMC) has condemned the studio invasion, calling on political actors to resort to the right channels to address their grievances.

“The commission is concerned about the increasing use of violence as the preferred method for addressing grievances against the media and journalists. Perpetrators of such crimes must realise that violence does not produce better journalism,” the NMC said in a statement issued on Sunday 8 October 2023.

“This is why the constitution provides anyone who feels aggrieved by the work of the media the opportunity to seek redress through the complaint settlement mechanism of the National Media Commission.

“As we approach the electioneering process for Ghana 2024, it is important for political actors and all Ghanaians to learn that the Ghana we envisage would not be built on the path of violent attacks on journalists,” the executive secretary of the NMC George Sarpong added.


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