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Cecilia Dapaah demands a retraction and apology from Joy News over false reportage

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The former Sanitation Minister, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, has taken legal action against the Multimedia Group, demanding an unqualified apology for spreading false statements.

A letter from the former minister’s legal team said Joy News publications suggested that substantial sums of money, totalling $5 million and GH¢48 million, were discovered in her Prudential Bank accounts.

The legal team said despite a rebuttal from the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP), the Multimedia Group allegedly persisted in sharing the alleged falsehood across its various social media platforms.

“From the foregoing, it is evident that your outfit’s consistent reportage of our client’s matter has been steeped in the purported reliance on information from unidentified sources and a reckless disregard for truth and accuracy.

“The figures you have been publishing about the sums in our client’s bank accounts are false, and you have continued to push these falsehoods that you attribute to unidentified and unverified sources.

“It is apparent that your outfit’s coverage and publications are actuated by malice and a deliberate and reckless attempt to impute wrongdoing to our client contrary to the constitutional and time-honoured principle of the presumption of innocence she is legally entitled to,” a letter from Mrs Dapaah’s lawyers said.

Therefore, Mrs Dapaah’s legal team have demanded a retraction and an apology within three days from the date of the letter.

The letter emphasized that if the apology is not provided within the stipulated time frame, legal action will be pursued to address the damage caused by the inaccurate reportage.

Below is the letter to that effect. 

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