Editor-In-Chief of the Daily Dispatch Newspaper, Ben Ephson, says he has no problem retracting and apologizing to the people or institutions that he offends with his publications if those publications turn out to be factually inaccurate.
In his view, the ability of a person to say sorry whenever he or she goes wrong or offends someone shows clearly shows how matured that person is.
Ephson was recently asked by the Acting General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to apologize to the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition over a story the party considers was an attack on its image and integrity.
Ephson had in his Daily Dispatch Newspaper that the NPP had a committee advising the elephant family to lie to Ghanaians ahead of the December 7 polls.
The party took strong exception to the said publication and organized a press conference to call on Ephson to retract the publication and render unqualified apology to the party because in the view the said document which Ephson relied on for the publication was fabricated and false.
Boadu also told Ephson not to allow himself to be used by the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Ephson who retracted and apologized accordingly said Kasapa FM Wednesday that he had no problem retracting and apologizing to the biggest opposition party of the land.
“The main reason why I apologized immediately is that as newsmen sometimes you can get your facts wrong. I’m a human being and not Jesus Christ. I’m not perfect. If in 42 years I’ve had to apologize five times or something else …”, he noted.
He further told Banson that he has now learnt a big lesson from the his ordeal, promising that he will henceforth, contact John Boadu or any party official if he lays his hands on an internal party document for verification before going to press.