The National Media Commission (NMC) has determined that a discussion on Accra FM’s The Citizen Show which was aired on January 11, 2022, that alleged corruption against the Rebecca Foundation and the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo was unprofessional.
The decision of the NMC Complaints Settlement Committee was based on the admission by the radio station that it erred in the allegations.
The media house also said it hadnothing to substantiate any of the allegations and was therefore willing to retract the publication and apologise to the Foundation and the First Lady.
The NMC accordingly ruled against Accra FM and directed the parties to agree on the terms of apology to be rendered by the radio station in line with the appropriate provisions in the NMC Complaint Settlement procedures.
The subject of discussion was centered on purported acquisition of state lands around Adentan and Cantonments near the AU Village known as Aviation lands in lieu of salary to be paid to the Executive Director of the Foundation, Rebecca Akufo- Addo.
The panelist accused the First Lady of corruption, and for destroying the Ghana Manganese Company by taking millions of dollars from it for use by the Foundation.
The programme also described the First Lady as the mastermind behind all alleged corrupt deals emanating from the Jubilee House.
The Foundation denied all the allegations and stated that the broadcast was malicious and full of lies to cause public disaffection for the Foundation and the First Lady.
The Foundation appealed to the NMC to call Accra FM to order and have the false publication pulled down from their social media pages.
The Foundation further asked the FM station to retract and apologise through the same medium where the offending article was published.