Kojo Yankson Suspended by Joy FM

Following the anger incited by a comment the host of the popular Super Morning Show, Kojo Yankson jokingly passed on Thursday, 23rd June about President John Mahama, Joy FM has put the host on a three-week suspension without pay. 

In a Facebook post which he has now taken down, he wrote:

“This morning in the handover with Pastor Ato before the start of the Super Morning Show, I made a joke that has received some attention on social media. 

In referring to the recent media attention over the President riding a motorcycle, receiving a car, and owning a gun, I joked that armed robbers could also get media attention for similar reasons.Some Ghanaians have taken offence to this comment, and this is entirely my fault. As a communicator, I ought to understand that people react differently to information, and jokes about any divisive issue – even when told without malice – will not go down well with everyone.
For this reason, I would like to apologize without reservation to any of our listeners – including the President himself – who may have found my joke distasteful. My comments were not aimed at offending any of you, and it makes me so sad that I have unintentionally done so.
I would not be where I am today if I was incapable of learning from my mistakes, and this morning’s joke was a mistake. I have learnt from it. This experience will make me better, and that’s good for all of us.

I will repeat this apology on air tomorrow morning at 05:50am, just before the start of the Super Morning Show. Thank you all for your tolerance and understanding.”

Many groups had called for stricter punishment for Kojo, with a group who call themselves Women For Mahama demanding that he be sacked.

His suspension started yesterday and ends on the 17th of July.

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