The National Media Commission has intimated in its report concerning the documentary by Ace investigative journalist Manasseh Awuni Azuri of Joy News that it did not follow the ethics of journalism.
The investigation was initiated by the NMC after Government officially made a complaint about the documentary to the commission which oversees media and journalism in the country.
The documentary which was released during the hullabaloo of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election and related violence showed secret recordings of a group of young men and women in who were based in the former seat of Government, the Osu Christianburg Castle.
The group only known as De-Eye group was painted as a militia group put together by the New Patriotic Party and Government to unleash terror during elections.
But the group, came out to debunk the claims by Manasseh, calling the claim frivolous and that it was only a Security company that employed young people to provide services at events for the party.
The group indeed had a website with details of leaders and their services, which had they been a militia as painted by Manasseh, wouldn’t be the case.
The commission noted though that the use of the Castle by the group was illegal and the intent to expose that was in the interest of the public but the question of ethics arises from the inclusion of clips from other violent incidents from the Ayawaso by-election, Nigeria and Kumasi which sought to sensationalize the report, although the group was not predisposed to any violence and was not in anyway connected to those violent incidents.
Read excerpts from the report below.