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16 July 2016

Parliament bans Daily Graphic reporter

parliamentParliament has banned a Daily Graphic journalist from reporting on Parliamentary activities over an inaccurate publication.

Mark-Anthony Vinokor, allegedly put up a reportage in the national newspaper on one of parliament’s activities which the House deemed inaccurate.

He reported that an earlier CI 94 which takes care of the upcoming elections laid before the Chamber had been withdrawn and a new one re-laid.

The report added that a new clause was introduced in article 44 of the CI 94 which takes care of punishment of potential and existing electoral officers.

It stated that offenders will be sanctioned to a spot fine of 500 penalty units or two years imprisonment. The victim may subsequently not be permitted to take part in any elections-related activities for five years.

But Parliament on Thursday described Vinokor’s report as inaccurate and has since sanctioned the reporter after a meeting between leaders, the reporter and the public affairs director of parliament.

Vinokor was asked to retract his publication and a rejoinder published in Friday’s edition of the Daily Graphic but the newspaper failed to retract the publication.

The Speaker of Parliament Edward Doe Adjaho addressing the House on Friday ordered that the reporter is walked out of the chamber and never brought back to report on any of its activities again.

According to Starr FM’s Parliamentary correspondent Kobby Gomez Mensah, Vinokor has been referred to the privileges committee of parliament and his accreditation suspended.

His Media House, however, has the right to replace him.

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