Reinstate Daniel Kenu—Graphic Board Orders MD

The Board of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL) has ordered the Managing Director of the Company, Ken Ashigbey to re-instate the newspaper’s Ashanti Regional Editor, Daniel Kenu. Citi News understands that the decision was taken at a crunch meeting on Wednesday which involved the National Media Commission, the Board of Graphic and Mr. Ken Ashiegbey.

Kenu was sacked on November 19, 2014 for unilaterally withdrawing an assault case against Baffuor Gyan, elder brother of Asamoah Gyan, which was before a Kumasi based court.

Ken Ashigbey earlier said “It’s a scar on my conscience that on a day to day basis, I’m expecting my journalists to go out there fearlessly and courageously do their job. And if they do their job and they are attacked how dare me say that I will do something else but protect their interest and make sure that justice is procured. Everyone will agree that we need to do this thing. In the same way we believe that the policemen should not be attacked when doing their job, it’s the same sanctity that we need to bring to the media.”

According to Kenu, Ken Ashigbey masterminded his dismissal because he felt embarrassed by the decision to withdraw the case from court.

Staff of the newspaper after the dismissal threatened to lay down their tools to have their colleague reinstated.

The Board Chair of Graphic Communication Group, Dr. Doris Yaa Dartey confirmed the new development to Citi News but declined an interview on the matter.

Daniel Kenu dropped the assault case against Baffour Gyan citing health and family issues.

“My recent consistent and persistent rise in my blood pressure following the trauma that I am currently going through as a result of the September, 5, 2014, attack as well as the sudden death of my uncle Efo Kwame in the Eastern region, who until his death on the eve of the last hearing in court, September 12, had insisted that I let go off the case because the name of the family had been in the media too much lately, warranted this decision,” Kenu told the Kumasi based court.

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