The Editor-In-Chief of Whatsup News David Tamakloe has been released on bail in the sum of GHS10,000.
Tamakloe was arrested on Wednesday by the Tesano Police in Accra and was driven to New Edubiase in the Ashanti Region where the police received an arrest warrant on him for allegedly publishing fake news.
On Thursday, October 8, 2020, he was arraigned in court in the Ashanti Region and granted bail to re-appear on October 22, 2020.
In a brief interview with the media, the journalist said the police were nice to him despite being handcuffed throughout the estimated four-hour journey from Accra to the Ashanti Region.
“I wasn’t manhandled but was put in handcuffs from Accra all the way to the Ashanti Region over the coverage of a press conference by the NDC during the new voters’ ID card registration where the party made the allegation,” Tamakloe said.
According to the Police, Tamakloe ignored their invitation after he was cited to have published what they described as fake news.
Reasons for arrest
Per information available to Daily Mail GH, Mr. Tamakloe allegedly published a story that suggested that minority groups in New Edubiase including Ewes and Northerners were being targeted by the government during the period of voters registration.
The story gained traction on radio leading to an invitation for him to report himself to the police. However, the law enforcers said he failed to honour the invitations hence the arrest warrant.
Source: Daily Mail GH