Minister of Information John Akologu Tia has dragged the Editor of the Daily Guide Newspaper to the National Media Commission for what he says is an attempt by the paper to destroy his reputation through its reportage and editorials.
The Minister wants the paper to retract and render an unqualified apology to him for comments made about him in its editorial of Monday November 22, 2010 headlined “John Tia’s Theatricals” which attacked his personality or face the legal consequences.
Hon John Tia believes the editorial attacked not just his personality but sought to “destroy my reputation not only as a qualified and trained Journalist, but also my accomplishment as a Member of Parliament for 18 years now and achievement as the Minister of Information.”
Below is the complaint addressed to the Chairman of the National Media Commission.
COMPLAINT ON THE EDITORIAL OF DAILY GUIDE DATED 22ND NOVEMBER 2010
I write to formally make a complaint about the editorial of the Daily Guide Newspaper of Monday, November 22, 2010 headlined “John Tia’s Theatricals”.
This comes as a reaction to a statement issued under my hand as the Minister of Information and on a radio programme to clarify issues on the 2011 budget.
The paper instead of dealing with the issue rather attacked my personality.
I consider this attack as an attempt to destroy my reputation not only as a qualified and trained Journalist, but also my accomplishment as a Member of Parliament for 18 years now and achievement as the Minister of Information.
Unlike others who would have equally responded unethically, as a professional and one who knows the right thing to do, wishes to draw your attention to the said editorial.
I am by this letter requesting your office to order the paper to retract the editorial and render an unqualified apology to me or else I will instruct my lawyers to take the necessary action to redeem my hard won reputation.
Counting on your usual co–‐operation.
HON. JOHN TIA AKOLOGU (MP)
MINISTER OF INFORMATION