Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Sulemana Braimah, has said that yesterday’s Press meeting with the President could better be described as an address to the nation and not a media encounter as expected.
In his view, it was the worst to be held since it was introduced by the John Kufuor-led government.
Speaking on Accra-based Adom FM, Sulemana Braimah accused the President of branding a nation’s address into a meeting with journalists.
“Today’s encounter cannot be called Presidential and media encounter because what happened was, maybe the President was looking for a way to address the nation and they are branding it as meet the press” he said.
“…the entire meeting was about 90 minutes and what my team at the MFWA followed and saw the President using about 71 minutes of the time and the entire questions all the journalists asked was 19 minutes” Mr. Braimah added.
Mr. Braimah also criticized the President for taking a chunk of the time allotted for the event to deliver a speech that was full of praise-singing.
“An arrangement of this nature is supposed to give journalists the opportunity to ask as many questions as possible for the President to respond for the citizenry to understand but using all the time to address the nation with what’s on his heart, then I believe this is the worst of all the encounters that have happened,” he averred.
Meanwhile, Mr. Braimah is not the only one who shares this view about yesterday’s media encounter.
Award-winning journalist, Manasseh Azure also believes that the meeting was “the worst presidential encounter with the media”
The worst presidential encounter with the media I have witnessed in my life. This is my view and I have the right to hold it.
— Manasseh Azure Awuni (@Manasseh_Azure) December 19, 2018
Meanwhile, from social media comments gathered by UniversNews about yesterday’s meeting with journalists, there is general dissatisfaction with the organization and outcome of event.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor, with additional information from myjoyonline