The Speaker of Parliament has barred journalists from covering press conferences while Parliament is in session.
Prof. Mike Oquaye issued the directive on Wednesday and threatened to punish journalists who go contrary to the unprecedented rule.
He said it is “forbidden” for journalists who have been accredited to report on plenary sessions to “abandon” the house to conduct interviews.
Some members of the parliamentary press corps have, however, frowned upon the directive. An editor told Joy News, “I totally disagree with this directive.”
Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, offered some support for the Speaker’s directive.
The edict from the Speaker comes after the Minority walked out of Parliament during the State of the Nation Address by President Nana Akufo-Addo.
The Minority NDC proceeded to organise a press conference to explain their move.
NDC MP, A.B.A Fuseini has condemned the Speaker’s order calling it “undue and unfair pressure” on media freedom.
“Media people know what constitutes news,” he told Joy News and signaled political interference.
But the Dean of the Parliamentary Press Corp, Nana Agyeman Tenkorang , said the Speaker appeared to caution journalists than to threaten them.
“He is not gagging us,” he said and explained that the Speaker did not want to see media houses leave the gallery with their cameras and microphones to interviews outside the chamber.
He said that was the case on Tuesday during sittings.