"Always Seek Clarifications To Avoid Misrepresentation In Your Reportage" - APC To Journalists
President of voluntary 'Think and do-Tank' club, Asante Professionals Club (APC), Ama Serwah Nerquaye-Tetteh is appealing to Journalists to always seek clarifications from event organisers to avoid misrepresentation in their reportage.
Madam Nerquaye-Tetteh made these pronouncements following an alleged misrepresentation of some comments made by the Executive Director of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), COP Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah at a virtual lecture held a week ago.
In a statement sighted by Thinknewsonline.com, it said "The attention of the Asante Professionals Club (APC)i has been drawn to news items and publications on various television channels, online news portals and newspapers with various headlines which suggest that the statements above were direct comments made by a guest speaker during the Club’s last Kyere Mu online meeting"
"COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah (Mrs) who is the Executive Director of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) was invited to give an online lecture on our Kyere Mu platform on the topic 'Economic Crimes and Its Effect on the Nation' ”.
The statement also revealed that the lecture took place at 7pm on Wednesday August 17, 2022.
Madam Nerquaye-Tetteh added that during the lecture, COP Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah disclosed that there were challenges in prosecuting financial crimes all over the world in view of the nature in which such crimes are perpetrated.
"The Executive Director of EOCO underscored the importance of vigilance among the citizenry in order for them not to fall victim to financial scams, explaining that the processes involved in prosecuting such cases can be challenging due to the difficulty in obtaining evidence, especially in the case of online economic crimes"
Madam Nerquaye-Tetteh stressed that in expatiating on the need for vigilance, COP Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah cautioned against rushing into investing into entities, especially financial institutions without conducting the necessary due diligence, citing the example of Menzgold which several persons invested in despite several warnings and disclaimers from the appropriate State agencies.
"We wish to emphatically state that, at no point did she mention NAM 1 or evidence relating to his prosecution as contained in several media reports"
Quoting COP Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, President of the Ashanti Professionals Club said “The people should be made aware of their rights and remedies. Alongside this, stakeholders should be educated not only on how to be good citizens but also on how to steer clear from these criminal activities and avoid being victims of crimes. (e.g., Menzgold case where people did not listen). Furthermore, the faith of the people in the justice system should be restored by improving the system and also educating people on the approach they should take when faced with a crime so they can report it the right way and ensure they get justice”.
Madam Nerquaye-Tetteh hinted that her club will continue to invite resource persons to educate its members and the general public on topical issues. "Journalists who wish to report on our meetings contact the Club first to avoid a misrepresentation of facts"
Ashanti Professionals Club (APC) is a voluntary “think and do-tank” club, comprising professionals from the Asante Kingdom of the Republic of Ghana.
The Club is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization with prime interest in the development of Asanteman and its people.
The club is registered under the Companies Act, 2019 (Act 992) as a company limited by guarantee.
It holds a monthly online conference dubbed “Kyere Mu”.
It is an opportunity for its speakers to educate members and participants on topical issues of societal interest.
'Kyere Mu' is open to the general public.
Below is a copy of the release:
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith