Manasseh Azure Awuni, a recent Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) journalist of the year, says he has no reservations over writing hard-hitting investigative reports about former President John Dramani Mahama’s individual and administration.
During his tenure at Multimedia, the investigative journalist said that he was only doing his work by focusing on topics and issues of general public concern.
Manasseh said on GTV’s Moomen Tonight program on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, that demands for him to apologise to the former president, especially on social media, were misplaced, to say the least.
“If I had the chance to do all the stories I did during the Mahama period again, I will do them again,” I respond to those who ask me to apologise to Mahama.
“There is not a single one of them that I regret for a tenth of a percent. I completed them to the best of my abilities, and I want to complete them again.
“I do not have any regrets; I am only doing my job as a journalist,” he added. “Those who are saying this today – asking for apology – (were claiming) Manasseh is not an investigative journalist; you lost credibility; you took an audit report and you are running around saying you are conducting an investigation.”
“Today, the same people say that I caused them to lose elections. I am just doing my job,” he said emphatically.
The Ford bribery saga was a standout hard-hitting tale Manasseh did prior to Mahama’s re-election loss in 2016, and it remains a point of controversy to this day, as Mahama claims the story’s substance was false, but Manasseh maintains on the GTV show that he still stands by the story.
Manasseh’s social media posts alleging the Mahama period was vastly superior to the new Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo era have prompted thousands of people to overwhelm his social media accounts, pleading for him to apologise for being one of the factors the former president was forced to resign.