The internet community in Ghana have taken to social media to condemn and criticize an election story written by the American television network, Cable News Network (CNN) that suggests the Ghanaians struggle to purchase food and usually queue for basic services.
The CNN in the article, titled ‘Ghana election: Incumbent concedes to Nana Akufo-Addo’ said ;
“The national economy will be Akufo-Addo’s major challenge.Oil reserves were discovered off the coast of Ghana in 2007, but Ghanians struggle to obtain food and day-to-day services. Rolling blackouts are common and citizens often stand in long line to obtain products.”
The assertion has angered many Ghanaians online who have accused the TV network of twisting the facts to project the country in negative light.
Jemila Wunpuni Abdulai, a blogger challenged CNN’s publication and called for a relook at the facts on the ground.
Ghanaian sports journalist, Gary Al-Smith also described the article as a “lazy reportage” about Ghana’s election.
— Gary Al-Smith (@garyalsmith) December 11, 2016
.In what appears to be a growing campaign to impress upon CNN to take down or amend the article, the hashtag, #CNNGetItRight is gaining traction within the local social media space.
— Kwadwo Adu-Amankwa (@AmankwaK) December 11, 2016
— Nana Ama Agyemang (@JustNanaAma) December 11, 2016
— Michael Oti Adjei (@OtiAdjei) December 11, 2016
— #â–ˆâ•‘â–Œâ”‚â–ˆâ•‘â–Œâ”‚â–ˆâ”‚â”‚â–ˆ ® â™« â™« (@axtonic1) December 11, 2016
— Isaac Essel (@isaacessel) December 11, 2016
— Kwamefosuaddai (@KwameAbbott) December 11, 2016
CNN and writers of the article are yet to comment on the development.