The Ghana Journalists Association is requesting a roundtable conversation with the top hierarchy of the Ghana Police Service to find ways of preventing media attacks.
Two years after journalist Ahmed Suale was murdered, the culprits are yet to be found whilst many more journalists have been subjected to various forms of attack.
Speaking at a ceremony to mark the International World Press Freedom Day, Vice President of the Ghana Journalists Association Linda Asante Adjei says the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) wants a meeting with the police to fashion means to protect journalists.
“We are also requesting for a roundtable meeting with the security agencies as to how best to prevent media attacks. Some of them can be prevented. So how best can we work together to prevent media attacks.
“Is it that they do not understand the work of the media or they do but it’s deliberate, these are some of the things that we have to engage the leadership of the security agencies and find a lasting solution to it”, GJA Vice President Linda Asante Adjei noted.
She added that the Association needed more information on how investigation into the gruesome murder of Journalist Ahmed Suale is going. According to her, that unresolved murder is affecting Ghana’s ranking on the global press freedom index.
According to her, “the president of the nation today granted an interview to CNN and he did mention the issue of Ahmed Suale, because that is what is affecting our ranking, the President affirmed government’s support and willingness to ensure that the security agencies speed up and make sure that the perpetrators are brought to book.”
But Minister for Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah says government is very concerned about the slow pace of investigation into the killing.
“Government is very concerned and that’s why we continue to chase up on the ministry responsible for the Interior, and they do it through the Police. But we need some more attention on that kind of investigation. We need to pile some more pressure on them to get to the bottom of it. Let us also admit that all over the world, sometimes they have what they call cold cases, it takes a while before they get to the bottom of it”.
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah announced the institution of a coordinated mechanism to ensure adequate follow up on attacks on Journalists.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the National Media Commission Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo thinks the media must be responsible in the conduct of their responsibilities even as they demand more freedom.