Insulting ECG Or Any State Official On Social Media is A Statutory Crime in Ghana—IGP Warns
The Inspector General of Police who is adamant on banning social media on the day of Ghana’s upcoming election is deeply not a fan of how Ghanaians use the many booming social media platforms on ordinary days.
Speaking on Accra based Montie Fm’s Mugabe this morning, IGP has mentioned that, Ghana Police has started monitoring social media with sophisticated sniffing tools and have hired dozens of informants to help fetch out those committing the statutory crime of insulting ECG officials or any other State officials.
John Kudalor who doesn’t seem to think social media has a lot of good benefits and robust State apparatus must be brought in to control its unlawful usage, especially by those within Ghana’s jurisdiction said:
“Yesterday, US government arrested one of the world’s internet and social media criminal in Poland. I am talking about the founder of the illegal download website-KickA$$ Torrents, a clear indication that you cannot hide behind your computer anywhere and break the law. Eventually we will catch you and those Ghanaians who have made it their daily bread and butter to be insulting State officials on social media, left, right and center have to be ready to face the law.”
Asked whether insulting any person, be it a State official or not does not fall within the perimeters of Free Speech, IGP John Kudalor said; “that’s abuse of Free Speech because Free Speech does not mean go about punching those serving the nation wholeheartedly with abusive words.”
We wish he was asked; what about insulting those serving the nation partial heartedly or just milking the state—because, from his explanation, those surely deserve the insults and those are the only receiving the insults anyway.