The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has responded to allegations of banning a Kobi Rana produced movie Freedom And Justice which was set to premiere in various locations across the country this Christmas.
A statement made available to Ghana’s Hub For Pop Culture And Urban Entertainment – www.nydjlive.com, suggests the ban was rather on the venues listed for the movie premiere as they were not allowed to operate pursuant to the President’s directives in his last National address.
According to the Ghana Tourism Authority, “Beaches, pubs, Cinemas and nightclubs remain closed until further notice.”
The full statement reads;
“REJOINDER: FREEDOM AND JUSTICE MOVIE BANNED FROM SHOWING
The Ghana Tourism Authority has taken note of a statement circulating on social media today, December 24, 2020, by Kobi Rana, the movie producer of FREEDOM AND JUSTICE with the above headline.
The Authority wishes to clarify that a ban has not been placed on the said movie but pursuant to the directives of the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the operation of MOVIE HOUSES/CINEMAS ARE SUSPENDED AS PART OF THE COVID 19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS, which are contained in the Imposition of Restrictions (Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic)(No. 16) Instrument, 2020.
In his 20th address to the Nation, the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, urged that “it is important to stress that our borders, by land and sea will remain closed to human traffic until further notice. Beaches, pubs, Cinemas and nightclubs remain closed until further notice.”
The Ghana Tourism Authority, which is the regulatory agency mandated by law under the Tourism Act, to regulate these tourism facilities (beaches, cinemas, movie houses and nightclubs) is enforcing the directives of the President.
Cinema, beach and night club operators have all been part of the ongoing stakeholder engagements with the National COVID-19 Task Force.
On Thursday, December 24, 2020, Kobi Rana in a post announced that a ban had been placed on the showing of the movies.
His statement further explained that “venues were served with letters from the Ghana Tourism Authority to stop showing the movie. These venues were later visited, warned and locked with armed policemen.”
Watch a trailer of Freedom And Justice movie from below.