FDA sues Graphic Communications and Multimedia Group for false content
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FDA sues Graphic Communications and Multimedia Group for false content

FDA sues Graphic Communications and Multimedia Group for false content

FDA sues Graphic Communications and Multimedia Group for false content

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Food and Drugs Authority, Mrs Delese Mimi Darko, has filed a defamation suit against Graphic Communications Group and two other media houses at the High Court.

She is seeking general damages of GHc2 million from each of the institutions and their reporters.

She is also demanding a retraction and apology from the media houses’ online platforms with the same prominence within 14 days, and a perpetual injunction to restrain the media organisations, their agents, and assigns for further publication of any defamatory word against her.

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The media houses are Multimedia Group, Graphic Communications Group and Starrfmonline.

In her statement of claim issued by her lawyers, Lexkudos Chambers, the FDA CEO said the publication of a story on alleged bribery allegations and investigations against her were false, malicious, and calculated to injure her reputation and long years of service at the FDA and several international organisations.

She contended that her position as head of Food and Drugs Authority (Ghana) as well as, the offices she holds in international circles, including membership of global committees and boards, and her membership of several international organisations all attest to, and serve as a demonstration of the high sense of integrity, dignity and respect she commands and enjoys in her field of endeavour from her colleagues both in Ghana and internationally.

“The said publications which are factually incorrect have therefore tarnished this hard-earned reputation,” according to her lawyers.

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It is recalled that an investigative piece by investigative journalist Manasseh Azure, titled “The Returned Bribe” implicated a senior official of the FDA in an alleged bribery transaction.

The transactions did not involve the CEO according to the story.

The FDA also did issue a Press Release indicating that the CEO had reported the matter to the national security apparatus and the Board of the FDA was undertaking its own investigations.

However, the coverage of the story on these online portals appear to indicate that the CEO was the subject of the alleged bribery issues and that the Board of the FDA was investigating the CEO; which the lawyers say is not true.

The CEO is therefore seeking a retraction and correction of the stories in question.

Source: www.spotonnews.net

Written by Joyceline Natally Cudjoe

An Entertainment Columnist, Content Writer, Blogger, Novelist, Poet, and a Publicist. For business or story tip off, contact me on +233 24 646 6866 or email: spotonnews.net@gmail.com