Ken Kuranchie was recently released from prison after serving a ten-day jail term for criminal contempt
The Ghana Prisons Service has dismissed allegations that it is responsible for the distribution of pictures of the Editor of the Daily Searchlight newspaper, Ken Kuranchie, in prison uniform on social media sites.
In an interview with Citi News
, Public Relations Officer of the Service, Courage Atsem, said they were baffled by the recent development.
“When I saw the picture on the front page of Daily Guide, I was surprised because it runs contrary to our practice and I do not think that any prison authority will allow such a picture to be taken. I have good reason to doubt that the picture was taken in any of our prisons…we do not show the faces of our inmates,” he stated.
Mr. Atsem however said Ken Kuranchie will be the best person to explain how the pictures became public.
“Maybe the press houses or Mr. Kuranchie himself will be in the best position to tell us how they came about the picture. As to whether it was doctored or not, I would not be able to say so when the police decides to investigate, I am sure that a report will tell us exactly what happened.”
Meanwhile, a group called the Generation Youth Movement has petitioned the Commission of Human Right and Administration Justice (CHRAJ) to investigate how pictures of Ken Kuranchie in his prison uniform got into the public domain.
Speaking to Citi News
, the Executive Secretary of the group, Nana Prempeh Agyemang said: “Our concern is about how such a confidential document was able to get into private hands and published on social media like Facebook. Ken Kuranchie told us when he was transferred from Accra to Ho, he was made to take off his shirt and wear the blue uniform.
We are very surprised that such a picture could walk from the confines of the prison services into the hands of a private person so we are asking the Commissioner for CHRAJ and Director of the prisons to immediately investigate the officer in charge of keeping such records.”