Updated: Finder newspaper’s Elvis Darko released after police arrest

The Editor of the Finder Newspaper has been released after he was arrested by the police for picketing in front of Parliament ahead of the 2019 budget reading.

After spending close to three hours with the police, Elvis Darko has been freed to go home.

He was arrested Thursday morning during a protest by the Media Coalition on RTI to pressurise the legislators to pass the Right to Information Bill (RTI).

In the company of other journalists, Mr Darko was reportedly approached by two security personnel minutes into the protest who demanded his mobile phone, a request he declined.

Infuriated by his defiance, the leader of the Coalition’s Interim Steering Committee was rushed into a waiting police patrol vehicle and driven off.

But after several calls by the media for his release, Brakopowers.com can confirm that Mr Darko has been freed from the grip of the police.

The Media Coalition on RTI, a pressure group made up of hundreds of media practitioners, has been advocating the passage of the RTI Bill currently before Parliament.

This year marks the eighth year since the Bill was first laid in Parliament in February 2015.

Majority leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu had promised Ghanaians the Bill would be passed by November 15 but this has not been done, a development blamed on the “lackadaisical attitude” of the legislators.

The Coalition has served notice it would not tolerate any more excuses from the Members of Parliament (MPs) who are paid with taxpayers’ money to work in the interest of the people.

 

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