Ghanaians have reacted with mixed feelings to the suspension of broadcaster Captain Smart by the Angel FM for criticizing the government harshly.
Captain Smart is one of the few journalists who has carved an enviable reputation for himself for the fact that he is bold to speak truth to power and point out the faults of those in power.
During the tenure of the erstwhile government, Captain Smart was more or less like the Biblical voice in the wilderness shouting and drawing the attention of Ghanaians to bad governance and corruption.
He actually paved the way for the Akufo-Addo government by trumpeting the ills of the Mahama government and preparing the minds and hearts of Ghanaians to accept and vote for the NPP.
Well, it is clear, Captain Smart, after all, his contribution to the NPP as a party has been silenced and asked to remain mute by the government working through the managers and owners of Angel FM.
Ghanaians have reacted with disdain and shock to the news especially when not too long ago, Captain Smart was seen carrying cement to support the government’s plan to build a National Cathedral…a plan that is yet to see the light of day.
Many believe the government is encouraging the culture of silence by ensuring that his government is not harshly criticized in order not to paint a bad picture to the international community.
The fact is, Captain Smart has never supported President Akufo-Addo even though he has a soft spot for the NPP. He prefers Alan Kyeremanteng to him and even in 2008 while he was in Kumasi, campaigned vigorously for Alan. You can just draw the lines as to why he would be silenced for criticizing the government
@Bridget_Otoo wrote: Captain Smart’s issue isn’t an isolated one, there are so many presenters who are threatened daily for saying things that aren’t favourable to gov’t. The sad aspect is you have CEOS with zero balls and would throw you under the bus.
@lordcudjoe wrote: 1. Had a worrying conversation moments ago. Captain Smart’s boss has allegedly asked him to go off air for a while as a result of undue pressure that has been piled on him by ‘high ranking officials in government’. 2.Captain Smart’s crime, allegedly, is that his usual critical commentary on national affairs, is making government unpopular. Really? I hope it is not some over zealous politicians who made those calls. Either way, it paints a gravely intolerant picture. #Fixitnow!
@theEsselguy: Captain Smart too dem dey suspend am too much ebi hate because he’s speaking facts or it’s an Agenda??? Adom tv now Angel Fm suspend am
@Opresii wrote: We live in a country where lies prevail and the truth becomes difficult to say.. Captain Smart will always remain one of the few truth Sayers in this country no matter how hard they try to shut him up.