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Jerry Rawlings Berates Nigeria’s Premium Times Over ‘Malicious Journalism’

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Former Ghanaian President,  Jerry John Rawlings, has condemned Nigerian media organisation, Premium Times for misreporting his views expressed in an keynote address he delivered in Nigeria on  Monday (June 17, 2013).
Mr Rawlings delivered the address on the the topic, “Emerging
Democracies in Africa: Challenges

and Opportunities”, at conference
organised by the National Institute for Legislative Studies in Abuja.
In a statement made available to the media today, the former President slammed Premium Times’ report on his address, saying it was “laced with irresponsible falsehoods, fabricated quotations and wrong allusions”.
Mr Rawlings said he was deeply offended by the publication, which he
further described as  ”malicious, libelous and a very negative piece of
journalism” calculated to bring his image into disrepute.
The former President therefore demanded that Premium Times retracted the publication and rendered an apology.

Read Ex-President Rawlings’ full statement below:

RE: JERRY RAWLINGS SLAMS NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT FOR ALLOWING CORRUPT POLITICIANS ESCAPE JUSTICE
The attention of His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings has been drawn to
a scurrilous news report originally published by the Premium Times of
Nigeria, which has received wide coverage on the Internet and other
social media.

We wish to state strongly that the report is laced with irresponsible
falsehoods, fabricated quotations and wrong allusions that bring the
image of His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings into disrepute.

President Rawlings did deliver the keynote address on Emerging
Democracies in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities, at conference
organised by the National Institute for Legislative Studies in Abuja on
Monday, June 17, 2013.

His address did not make reference to the government of Nigeria and
he made no scathing attack on the Nigeria government as the Premium
Times reported.

President Rawlings also did not make reference to the Nigeria leadership’s failure to punish politicians who steal public funds.

The first three paragraphs of the report are complete fabrications.
Paragraph ten and twelve are distortions of what President Rawlings
said. Because of the gross distortions and falsehoods the entire report
does portray a totally different representation of the fact as took
place at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja on June 17.

We have taken a very serious view of the publication because it is
malicious, libellous and a very negative piece of journalism, which is
calculated to bring the image of President Rawlings into disrepute and
written to demand a retraction of the publication.
We caution other media who have inadvertently republished the said
article to note that they will be held equally liable should we decide
to take legal action on the matter

Thank you.

H. Afeku-Amenyo (Rtd)
Captain (Ghana Navy)
Director, Office of Former President

Premium Times is based in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. It says part of
its vision is to help “strengthen Nigeria’s democracy, advance the
socio-economic well-being and the rights of the people.”

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