Mainstream media platforms are becoming victims of fake news.
One of the most-watched television stations in the country, TV3 is the latest to fall victim of fake news.
Yesterday, the TV station carried a news piece showing soldiers threatening mayhem on residents of Kumasi during President Akufo-Addo’s announced partial lockdown which takes effect on Monday at 1:00 AM.
However, the military is countering the news story and claiming that the news item was false.
In a letter signed by the Director of Public Relations at the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Colonel Eric Aggrey-Quashie, the Armed Forces demanded a retraction of the story and went ahead to set the record straight.
The letter said the video was taped on March 23 after the disinfection exercise of the markets in Accra. Which is 5 days before the government announced the lockdown and as such it cannot possibly be true that such has been preplanned by the military.
It also debunked claims that troops would be sent from Burma Camp in Accra to Kumasi to enforce the partial lockdown.
“The resulting negative image for GAF cannot be overemphasized,” the letter said.
See the full letter below:
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