As rumors swirl about an impending media blackout on President Akufo-Addo in 2024, attention zeroes in on his Communications Director, Eugene Arhin, and allegations of diverted Christmas packages intended for journalists. A senior journalist, visibly perturbed, disclosed that Arhin appeared to have absconded with a substantial sum earmarked by the President for distribution among media professionals nationwide, sparking discontent within the journalist community.
Reports from insiders shed light on an ongoing arrangement where the President committed to monthly support for media personnel. However, discontent grew over irregular disbursements, with claims that Arhin withheld payments for extended periods, occasionally releasing funds sporadically.
“This year, I’ve only received my stipend twice. I declined additional funds recently, as did many others,” expressed an anonymous source, revealing a widespread reluctance among media practitioners to accept the payments. Despite reported complaints reaching the President, no discernible action has been taken.
Amidst mounting dissatisfaction, communication officials at Jubilee House confronted President Akufo-Addo, who purportedly pledged to address the situation. The controversy fuels apprehensions of a looming media blackout in 2024, underscoring the strain between the administration and the press.