CNN's Chief International Correspondent, Christiane Amanpour has reacted to the Moesha Boduong interview and stated it was quite distressing to hear that she has been the target of public shaming by the Ghanaian press and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.
Amanpour directed her response to Ghanaians for condemning the actress and model, Moesha Boduong, over her assertion that Ghanaian women offer sex for survival due to unfavourable economic conditions.
“I learned so much talking with dozens of everyday individuals in cities around the world, including a former porn star in Delhi who had just adopted a baby girl, a host in Tokyo who is paid to simply entertain lonely women in sexless marriages, and an actress in Accra who happened to fall in love with a married man".
“So it was quite distressing to hear that one of our contributors, Moesha Boduong, has been the target of public shaming by the Ghanaian press and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. Numerous media outlets in Ghana have taken to villainizing this young woman based on an excerpt of the conversation included in a 1 minute, 30 second video of "Sex and Love."
Ms. Boduong, in an interview with Christiane on the series ‘Sex and Love Around the World,’ stated that in Ghana, the economy is so hard that women had to sleep with married men for their livelihood.
"I want people to recognize Moesha's right to speak up and the courage she showed by sharing such intimate details about her personal life," @camanpour writes about the backlash against Ghanaian actress Moesha Boduong, a contributor to her Sex&Love series” Amanpour tweeted in response to the numerous criticisms after interview Moesha.
She added that she was not sure Moesha was safe, and would want to return to Ghana to face more humiliation from the press and the people of Ghana.
“As a woman and a journalist, I’m hurt and angry to see such an innocent woman condemned by the press and by many people on social media in this way. It’s to the point that Moesha is not sure she can return to Ghana safely.., I am so surprised to see this happening in Accra, a city that has rightly got so much attention recently for being one of the most economically and politically successful capitals in Africa. Indeed I was heartened while I was in Accra, listening to a speech by the President himself, defending the rights of the free press to report fully, accurately and fairly.” she stated.
The CNN journalist also urged the Ghanaian press to wait till they see the full episode of the series before they pass further judgement.
She therefore asked the President of Ghana and the Gender ministry to protect the rights of Moesha.
“I also respectfully urge the President of Ghana and the minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection to stand up for the rights of one of their own who was simply enjoying a carefree, boisterous and mostly humorous conversation with me,” Christiane wrote.
Amanpour’s statement comes after Moesha’s apology to Ghanaian women, during which she stated that she has great respect for hardworking African women including Ghanaians.