The Majority leader Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has stated that he is not obliged to render an apology to members of the parliamentary press corps.
This was after the Majority Leader expressed strong reservation about the failure of the Parliamentary press corps to cover the debate on the SONA on Tuesday.
Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu on Wednesday informed the Speaker that the press abruptly left the House to follow an individual Member of Parliament (MP) from the Minority side for an interview at the expense of business of the House.
According to the Majority Leader, before the debate on the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) could commence, he observed that the House had been abandoned by the media who were supposed to cover proceedings in the Chamber.
In view of this, a detective was given by the speaker to bar the media from the house if they are not mindful of their responsibilities in covering proceedings in the House and go about their duties with due diligence.
A meeting was therefore held between the leadership of parliament and members of the parliamentary press corps to address the menace.
A member of the parliamentary press corps at the meeting requested that the majority leader who opened the issue on the floor of the house to apologize to them.
However, the majority leader hon. Osei Bonsu stated that he owes the media no apology since the directive is for their guidance.
The Majority asked the media if they would demand an apology if the incident had occurred between them and the president.
He said “I owe you no apology the speaker is the third gentleman of the state and should be accorded some respect”
By: Mery Quartey