Moesha Boduong: Gender Ministry sends strong caution to CNN

By Clement Edward Kumsah
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The Ministry of Gender and Social Protection has cautioned CNN and other media organization to respect the structures in Ghana.

According to the Gender Minister Otiko Afisa Djaba, international friends and partners, especially media organizations including CNN, must respect and contact established national agencies like the Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection, Ministry of Culture and Ministry Information when they intend to produce programmes on Gender and Social Issues in Ghana.

“We wish to appeal to our international friends and partners, especially media organizations including CNN, to respect our structures and contact established national agencies like the Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection, Ministry of Culture and Information when they are producing programmes on Gender and Social Issues in Ghana.”

The reaction of the Gender Ministry is anchored on some comments by Instagram celebrity Moesha Buduong in an interview with US-based media organization CNN.

Moesha Boduong in an interview with CNN reporter, Christiane Amanpour said “In Ghana, our economy is such a way that you need someone to take care of you. You can’t make enough money as a woman here. Because even when you want to get an apartment, in Ghana they take two years’ advance and I just started working where will I get money to pay?”

The Ministry of Gender and Social Protection has since disassociated Ghanaian women from the comments of Moesha Boduong on CNN.

Gender Minister Otiko Afisa Djaba in statement added that Moesha Boduong has the right to discuss her lifestyle on any platform but she does not represent the multitudes of hardworking Ghanaian women putting in 10 – 18 hours a day in the fields, markets, and offices across Ghana, to put food on the table, find shelter for their children and guide their families through the turbulence of life.

However, the Gender Ministry is of the view that, their caution to international media organization especially CNN is not to obstruct the freedom of media organizations in their selection of subjects, but the Ministry believe a view from the national representative body will provide a balanced story.

“We have no desire to obstruct the freedom of these media organizations in their selection of subjects and resource persons, but we believe a view from the national representative body will provide a balanced story which will do justice to the subject matter.” The statement added.

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