Ace broadcast Journalist Paul Adom-Otchere has declared openly on his TV show Good Evening Ghana that he will never use his platform to criticise & lambast President Nana Akufo-Addo and his government because he has a cordial relationship with him .
“I support Akufo-Addo, you support John Mahama; that’s no problem”, Mr Adom-Othcere told his National Democratic Congress critics, adding: “People write to me and say: ‘Why don’t you use your programme to criticise the government?’ Is the programme for you?” he questioned
“Do your programme and criticise the government. I don’t understand it. This is private sector”, he fumed.
The Board Chair of the Ghana Airport Company Limited further stressed: “When the Supreme Court ruled in NPP v GBC, they said that the obligation is on the state broadcaster and then you tell me that: ‘Why don’t you criticise the government?’”
“Other people are criticising the government, watch that one”, he retorted.
“Today, we all have media; today we’re all television, so, go on Facebook and ciriticise the government, there’s no problem with that”.he added
The incumbent government, Mr Adom-Otchere noted, “ought to be criticised”.
“Governments are there so that they are criticised” but noted: “If I support Akufo-Addo because of my conviction and I feel there’s something in there that’s not good, that’s not working well, I will not criticise him on this television because I have access to him; I’ll go to him and tell him and say: ‘Mr President, I think so so and so, so so and so’”.
“What some of you might not know is that some of the greatest friends of Akufo-Addo are harder critics of him in camera than you are but you write it on Facebook but they don’t write it on Facebook. That’s the only difference”, Paul explained.
“So, you will not ask me that ‘come out and criticise the government; I will not do that, OK’
By Lawrence Odoom