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22.02.2005 General News

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By DAILY GUIDE

... DECLARES DAN BOTWE ON ALEXANDRIA-RAYMOND ARCHER AFFAIR The Government has rubbished a claim in media circles that it is behind the perceived attacks on Raymond Archer, former acting editor of The Chronicle, from a section of the media.

Mr Archer, who claimed that he had evidence of a transfer of $90,000 in two tranches of $45,000 in the United States, is alleged by The Chronicle that he is under attack, instigated by the Government.

But in a statement signed and issued in Accra yesterday by Mr Dan Botwe, minister for information, it said: “For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state emphatically that this Government has no hand in the said attack, if it is true, and certainly has not backed any media organisation(s) to do so”.

The information minister described The Chronicle publication as nothing, but an attempt at mischief-making.

“To impute the actions of any media organisation as an attempt by the Government to break the media front, is unfortunate, indeed, and smacks of mischief, aimed at incurring disaffection for the Government among the people”.

Mr Botwe said there was no logical linkage between the Government and the perceived attempts to split the media front. The story fails to make any categorical link between the Government and the alleged attempts to divide the media front.

“The assertion, to say the least, is illogical, for how could an alleged attack on Raymond Archer by a section of the media be construed to mean an attempt by the Government to break up the media front”, Mr Botwe asked.

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