Bobbie Ansah was arrested for publication of false news, offensive conduct – Police

The Greater Accra Regional Police Command says Kwabena Bobbie Ansah of Accra FM was arrested on Thursday in connection with an alleged case of publication of false news and offensive conduct.

The Police in a statement on Friday explained that Mr. Ansah’s arrest became necessary after he turned down several invitations to him and others to assist with investigations.

“The Accra Regional Police Command will issue a full statement on the matter in due course,” the statement added.

The broadcaster was picked up at the entrance of Class Media Group shortly after 10:00 pm on Thursday, just when his programme, ‘The Citizen Show’ which airs daily had ended.

Few days ago, Power FM’s Oheneba Boamah Bennie, was jailed for two weeks and fined 3,000 cedis for contempt of court, in a case in which he allegedly made false claims against President Akufo-Addo and the justices of the Supreme Court in relation to the 2020 election petition.

Before that, Captain Smart of Onua TV was also arrested for some utterances he had made on TV, and he’s currently facing trial for alleged extortion.

Also, the Executive Director of ASEPA, a social group that advocates for good governance,  Mensah Thompson, was on Thursday, February  10, 2022, granted bail in the sum of 50,000 cedis after he was arrested and charged for allegedly publishing false news against the President and the Ghana Armed Forces, although he had apologised for the claims.

Some observers of the political space have been worried about the trend, suggesting that the government is perpetuating a culture of silence, whereas others are of the view that these actions are necessary to sanitize the system to promote responsible journalism for the peace and stability of the country.