The Central Region branch of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has called on the police to expedite investigations into attacks on journalists in the region by political party activists.
He also called on the police to prosecute those found guilty of the attacks to stop such acts.
On the evening of Monday, May 16, 2022, Mr. Eric Blessing Eshun of Benya FM, was brutalized, while the Station’s studio equipment was vandalized by a group of suspected New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporters during a a live discussion on fishing and pre-mix fuel distribution in Komenda Edina Aguafo constituency.
The group was reportedly infuriated by accusations of discrimination in the distribution of pre-mixed fuel on partisan lines.
The GJA Central Region, in a statement signed by its Acting Regional Secretary Mr. Kingsley Nana Buadu and copied to Ghana News Agency, also recalled with utmost disgust the attack on Prince Acquah, a Ghana News Agency reporter, Monday, May 2, 2022.
He was attacked while covering the Ajumako Enyan Essiam NPP Constituency Executive elections at the Ajumako campus of Winneba University of Education.
Mr Acquah was filming an altercation that ensued at the venue over travel allowance for delegates.
Minutes after filming of the heated argument began, some Party activists angrily accosted and physically assaulted Mr Acquah, claiming he was a spy or an agent of the opposition National Democratic Congress party.
Although the matter was reported to the Ajumako police, according to the statement, no action was taken against the perpetrators.
The statement noted that the two separate incidents by the alleged “party thugs” had left the GJA wondering whether the perpetrators had taken precautions in the face of Ghana’s abysmal performance in the latest World Press Freedom Index, which drops Ghana from 30th to 60th in the world.
“GJA-Central Region makes it clear that it will not tolerate any form of hooliganism or intimidation of its members by any political party. Such anti-media and anti-democratic acts must be punished, after thorough investigations to deter other offenders from doing the same with impunity,” he said.