Lawyers for the Multimedia Group (operators of radio stations including Joy FM and Adom FM) say the media conglomerate is considering its legal options after the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong accused its staff of demanding money from government officials.
In a statement issued on its behalf by an Accra-based Law firm, A-Partners B Law, Multimedia said it "takes a serious view of the outright falsehoods of wrongdoing, including the unethical hack of saboteur reporting against Government, criminal blackmail, corruption and war-mongering".
Mr Agyapong reportedly made the allegations on Friday, July 9, 2021, on Net 2 TV.
Agyapong's meeting with Multimedia CEO
The statement said although the CEO of the Multimedia Group, Mr Kwasi Twum had a meeting with Mr Agyapong, the purpose of that engagement was about a petition against the move to reduce the transmission coverage radius of certain radio stations to 45 kilometres.
"This petition, delivered to and received by the sector ministry on May 11, 2018, was issued and signed by the management of ten radio stations including KENCITY MEDIA LTD's OMAN FM. A copy, used in court on the subject, is attached hereto for the avoidance of doubt," the statement said.
"That the group of stations operating including 100km coverage radii, fearing the devastating impact of the threatened reduction to their established audience reach and investment made on the strength of the existing frequency reach, felt, out of courtesy, that the said meeting be had with him as then Chairman of Parliament's Communications Committee.
"That it bears stressing that neither did the CEO step out of his known character and established professional business conduct to discuss anything personal nor such as separately privately concerned Joy FM/MGL as a business and certainly never a word about the falsely alleged concerns of its staff".
Staff meetings with Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko
On the sighting, of its staff at the residence of a leading member of the New Patriotic Party, Mr Gabby Asare Otchere Darko, the statement said they were there on official business related to media interviews, interactions and the possibility of joining Asaase Radio.
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