Koku Anyidoho, the Communications Director at the Presidency, has denied rumours that he is the brain behind the National Democratic Congress (NDC)-leaning Informer newspaper.
Rather, he said, co-owns the Ghanaian Lens newspaper with its Managing Editor Kobby Fiagbe, which they established circa 2003.
Anyidoho was rumoured to be pulling the editorial strings behind the scenes and influencing the paper’s publications, which have consistently portrayed the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in a negative light.
The Informer, according information available at the back of the paper, is edited by Andy Kankam, published by Candrews Ventures, and registered with the National Media Commission as NMC/C 139/08/700.
Speaking on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem morning show on Tuesday November 27, 2012, Anyidoho said that because he had worked with and trained Andy Kankam at the Ghanaian Lens, he understood why people suspected that he was continuing to mentor Kankam. Anyidoho also has a good relationship with the editors of such NDC-leaning newspapers as the Informer, the Ghanaian Lens and the Palaver, and he admits to sharing information with them as they request it.
“NDC papers, the only one I have a stake in, in terms of ownership, or a strong alliance is the Ghanaian Lens. The Ghanaian Lens was set up by myself and Kobby Fiagbe way back in 2002-2003 when NDC was in opposition, and we’ve worked very hard up to this point…
“Andy (Kankam) used to work with myself and Kobby on the Ghanaian Lens; he was our young man, went through training at my hands and at the hands of Kobby Fiagbe, before he decided to and set up his Informer, and because of that strong bonding between myself and him somehow and for some reason, people think that everything in the Informer, it is Koku Anyidoho who is responsible for it.”
Asked by show host Adakabre Frimpong Manso if he has any direct editorial control over the Informer’s content, Anyidoho said that he does not.
Mr. Anyidoho was responding to requests from NPP member Kwabena Agyepong that he restrain the editors of the Informer, which claimed to have ‘confirmed’ that NPP flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo had left Oxford University under a dark cloud and had therefore not included the school on his CV.
In addition to dissociating himself from the Informer, Anyidoho advised Agyepong to be less emotive if he wanted to stay in politics.