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Captain Smart Released After Arrest But Media General Questions Basis For Arrest

Award winning media personality, Blessed Godsbrain Smart well known as Captain Smart was arrested by the National Security of Ghana and sent to the Nima Police on Thursday 2nd December 2021.

According to a statement by the Police he was arrested for making unsavory pronouncements that hinge on Peace and Security of Ghana.

The police further said that the host of the Onua TV show host has been cautioned on the offence of offensive conduct conducive to breaches of the peace as provided under section 207 of the Criminal Act, 1960 (Act 29).

Media General which is the umbrella station for both Onua TV/Radio has reacted to the arrest of Captain Smart noting that the statement made by Captain Smart that lead to his arrest shouldn’t have been interpreted by the police the way it did.

Media General released a statement on Thursday 2nd December and it stated that the Ghana Police Service and the IGP should exercise restrain in their dealings with Journalists legitimately doing their work so Press Freedom can be protected.

“Today’s arrest and detention of Captain Smart is by no means an isolated incident, but just one more egregious example of the intolerance increasingly creeping into the Ghanaian society. We are convinced that a careful review of the entire statement made by Captain Smart would reveal that it did not amount to threats to the peace and or stability of the country as claimed by the Ghana Police.

“The Media General Group would like to urge the Ghana Police Service and the IGP to exercise restraint in their dealings with journalists legitimately doing their work and dismiss these broad charges so that press freedom would be protected.

“We at Media General shall continue to preach and exercise responsible journalism. However, we would continue to empower our journalists and broadcasters to be fearless, honest and forthright in their professional outlook always,” the statement read.

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