The Ghana Journalists Association has called for an immediate investigation and prosecution of soldier suspected to have brutalized a TV3 journalist.
Yesterday, a TV3 cameraman, Stanley Nii Blewu was allegedly assaulted by a soldier at Tema Station while on official assignment to cover a clean-up exercise organised by the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources.
Reacting to the incident, GJA issued a statement condemning the act and described it as an infringement on media freedom and a dent on the Nation’s image.
“The GJA views the flurry of brutish attacks on the TV3 cameraman as a barbaric infringement on press freedom guaranteed under the 1992 Constitution. The display of naked impunity and unwarranted attacks on journalists, especially in their line of duty, are also a dent on Ghana’s image as a flourishing democracy that highly respects media freedom. The same factors account for the country’s slide down on the World Press Freedom Index”, the statement read.
GJA advised “the military authorities to launch an immediate investigation into the unrestrained attacks on the TV3 cameraman and deal with the soldier squarely, if he is found guilty”
They further appealed to all stakeholders to uphold the the principle of media freedom and condenm all acts that promotes otherwise.
Read full statement signed by Affail Monney, President of GJA