The Chairman of the National Media Commission, Mr Yaw Boadu Ayeboafoh has called for an end to criminal attacks on media in the country.
According to him, the murder of Ahmed Saule, attacked on Iddrissu Latif and threats of death on others leading to Manasseh Azure Awuni have to escape on exile are evidence enough to conclude that the media in Ghana are under criminal minded attack.
Mr Ayeboafoh made the comments at the second 70th-anniversary lecture of the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) in Accra Thursday, October 3, 2019.
He argued that although the Ghanaian media is under attack, it is not under siege.
Me Ayeboafo said, if the media was under siege, it would not be able to report attacks meted on media personal.
Nevertheless, he condemned attacks on the media, which is on the rise, saying that, ” attacking the media while performing their duties is needless, abominable and unlawful.”
He, however, urged the media to be circumspect in blaming persons involved in media attacks; thereby blaming the state if the state is liable or blaming the individuals when they are also liable.
The former Managing Director of Graphic Communication Group pointed out that, practising journalism in Ghana is a constitutional right and not a crime and called on the government, security, clergy, imams and all to rise against media attacks to promote media freedom in Ghana.
He further advised the media to ensure, they publish authentic information by speaking to both parties on a matter and not a one-sided story.
Source: therepubicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba