Five Ghanaian journalists whose comments received public backlash in 2017

Journalists are noted for communicating ideas and information to the general public. However situations where a particular information is misinterpreted by the listening public, then the journalist who put out that information will definitely find himself in the corner of defence trying to make his opinion understood.

One major problem for the journalist is the inability of the public to decify comments of journalists in the public vis-a-vis their personal life.

Many journalists have come under intense criticism and trolling in 2017 for their comments either privately or publicly which stirred controversy.

Kojo Yankson

His chichinga analogy seems to have angered the Khebab Sellers Association of Ghana. While the Ghana National Fire Service was trying to figure out the exact cause of the Atomic Junction explosion in September, the renowned broadcaster who arrived at the scene a day after the explosions, within minutes managed to put out a comprehensive report on the fire out explosion.

Below is his official report

“There was a leak during a loading exercise from one of the tanks here in this compound. Gas was pluming up into the sky, blowing up very fast and everybody in the area noticed it…Members of staff at the gas station evacuated immediately and called the authorities. Within minutes, our chichinga stand operator decided to start work. In spite of the fact that there was escaping gas, he lit a flame under his Khebab and the flame shot up into the air and connected with the gas that was gathering in the air above the heads of all the people standing around…this flame connected with it[the gas] and set the entire sky above the people at this junction ablaze.”

Ohemaa woyeje

While her working colleagues were mourning their departed colleague, she was busily letting the cat out of the bag pointing out the hypocrites at the workplace who also pretended to be mourning KABA’s departure.

In facebook post, she wrote, “Our hypocrisy is just not cool! I remember when some weeks ago, #KABA told me about one woman from multi tv who frustrated him a lot especially when he was on tv till other matters…. I saw this same woman on monday with her legs n waist like mine looking all mourning going up and down just to appear in the cameras and pretending to have lost a loved colleague. Why didn’t she sleep and pop champagne to celebrate news on his demise?,”

She received wide condemnation from both her colleagues and the general public.

Captain Smart

The senior presenter of Multimedia Group Limited and a colleague of KABA, Captain Smart, incurred the wrath of the media fraternity having gone public with KABA’s alleged debt. He is reported to have stated that the late presenter of the popular political afternoon show Eko Sii Sen was owing Erata a whopping amount of $10,000 for a car he bought.

Social media never forgave him for his unsavory comment after Erata boss came out publicly to deny the allegations.

Paul adom Otchere

He tore Multimedia’s investigative journalist , Manasseh azure into pieces after, Manasseh accused him of doing the bidding of a corrupt company.

On his show, Good Evening Ghana, Paul Adom Otchere mince no words telling Manasseh his peace of mind

He wrote ‘’“I’m a member of the GJA and you are asking that you don’t know my closeness with the GJA? What’s the meaning of that? What kind of desperation is that? This is contradiction in terms. This is what happens when people are motivated in the wrong way to deal with matters that they should be dealing in the public interest with a very level head… Please revise your notes. I am a member of GJA and I canvass for the position of what had been articulated in the GJA statement.

“When you write things like that, you expose your cerebral weaknesses and limitations. Don’t write things like that.
“Me and GJA do you know how far we go, please GJA gave me an award 16 years ago…. and you’re asking that what is my closeness with the GJA, are you alright?” he fumed with rage.
“When you are directing ‘misenergy’ you see what it can do to you. You expose your cerebral weaknesses and limitations. You put up a statement that is laughable, Opana, that’s what you do…”

Roland Affail Money

He is the president of the Ghana Journalists but for years many have wondered if he is for the journalists.

After the expose’ on the Jospong Groups with regards to some sanitation contracts with various District Assemblies across the country, he issued a statement warning journalists about the nature of their investigations.

Many wondered as an association, it will rather support journalists with logistics to do more investigative journalism instead of antagonising their works.