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08.11.2005 General News

Help trace Editor of Ghana Palaver -Police

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Accra, Nov. 8, GNA - The Police on Tuesday asked the public to help trace the whereabouts of Mr Jojo Bruce-Quansah, Editor of the "Ghana Palaver", an Accra-based private newspaper. Reliable sources at the Police Headquarters told the Ghana News Agency that the request followed a report lodged with the Police by Mr Kwamena Ahwoi, a leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), that Mr Bruce-Quansah had not been seen since this morning. The Police said it had been informed that the Editor had earlier in the day been seen with bloodstains in his dress. "The Police are looking for him and we are asking the public to report to the Police when they find him," the source said. Mr Bruce-Quansah has been in the news of late following heavy fines slapped on him for libel. Last Friday publishers of the newspaper launched "The Save the Ghana Palaver Fund" to enable it to pay a two billion-cedi court fine slapped on it. Mr Bruce-Quansah, Managing Editor, accompanied by his Deputy, Mr Ekow Essuman launched the fund in Accra to solicit financial assistance from the general public to pay the damages to save the paper from being closed down.
"The Ghana Palaver is in distress. It has a hangman's noose around its neck, set on the road to its Calvary. We are to pay two billion cedis, as we stand here, or get The Ghana Palaver closed down," Mr Bruce-Quansah said.
"Our destiny now lies in the hands of Ghanaians, who cherish the truth, who want to read the other side of the story and Ghanaians, who want to defend our democratic values, to come to the aid of The Ghana Palaver...," he said.
According to the Managing Editor, the fines were damages slapped on the paper by the court to be paid to Mr George Kufuor, a relation of President John Agyekum Kufuor and Mr Hackman Owusu-Agyemang, Minister of Works and Housing.
He said in the case of Mr Kufuor, who is to be paid 440 million cedis as damages the Paper's cited him in a story as being member of the Board of Directors of a transport company, "Easy Link" the arrival of whose fleet of buses, "turned the law on the right-hand drive upside down".
In the case of Mr Owusu-Agyemang, who is also to be paid 1.5 billion cedis in damages, Mr Bruce-Quansah said it published a story about the operations of the Minister's non-governmental organisation, which had earlier appeared on the Internet and published by "The Chronicle" on its front page.