Celebrated investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni says a Ghanaian journalist who had dared to film the Jubilee House like Meek Mill would have been arrested.
Commenting on how the American rapper could be allowed to film a music video at the seat of the presidency, a security zone, Mr Azure Awuni indicated that such an opportunity would not have been given to a local journalist.
Citing the incident involving Citi FM’s Caleb Kudah who was arrested by the National Security for filming some seized vehicles, he posited that had it been a Ghanaian journalist, he or she would have been maltreated.
“If a Ghanaian journalist is caught filming the Jubilee House, he’ll be manhandled and it will be justified by National Security protocol. Caleb Kudah was beaten for filming abandoned cars in the National Security yard”, he tweeted.
If a Ghanaian journalist is caught filming the Jubilee House, he’ll be manhandled and it will be justified by National Security protocol. Caleb Kudah was beaten for filming abandoned cars in the National Security yard.— Manasseh Azure Awuni (@Manasseh_Azure) January 9, 2023
Mr Azure Awuni’s comments adds to the scores of public backlash regarding the said music video.
On Sunday evening, American act, Meek Mill, posted a music video he shot at the Jubilee House, during his visit to the country during the Christmas festivities.
In the video, Meek Mill, in the company of some friends were seen in and around the Jubilee House jamming to his latest track.
The singer and his colleagues walked through some chambers of the Jubilee House, as well as the outer precincts of the facility.
Mill also made use of the official podium Akufo-Addo uses in his public addresses; while dishing out portions of his rap lines.
What he intended to excite his fans rather angered hundreds of Ghanaians who took to their social media platforms to condemn the use of the Jubilee House for the said filming.
According to the critics, since the Jubilee House is the embodiment of Ghana’s executive authority, it is inappropriate for the singer to have been allowed to access it in that manner.
They critics have therefore lambasted the Presidency for allowing the Jubilee House to ‘cheapened’.
Meanwhile, Meek Mill himself has deleted the video from his Instagram page in the wake of the raging public backslash.
A check by JoyNews revealed that the video which was earlier uploaded by the rapper on Sunday evening on his Instagram page has been pulled down.
The Presidency on the other hand is yet to officially comment the matter despite the growing public outcry on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by disgruntled citizens.
In a related devedevelopment, North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, says those who allowed American rapper, Meek Mill, to film a music video at the Jubilee House must be sacked immediately.
According to the lawmaker, the video and its content constitute a ‘despicable desecration’ of the Jubilee House.
In a tweet on Monday, Mr Ablakwa bemoaned the development, questioning the security implications of the said filming at the presidency.