The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has condemned the use of a tipper truck as a riser for photo journalists at a parade in Accra last Sunday to commemorate Ghana’s 59th Independence anniversary celebrations.
The association advised media personnel on such assignments to resist any such arrangements they considered a danger to their lives and inimical to their operations, security and safety.
“We unequivocally condemn the way photo journalists were made to climb into the bucket of a tipper truck with a monkey ladder, in order to cover the event and consider this not only most demeaning but crude”, a press statement signed by the General Secretary of the GJA, Mr. Dave Agbenu said.
“The rough arrangement was carried out in the full glare of our foreign guests smacking a lack of respect for local media personnel”, the statement issued in Accra, and copied to The Ghanaian Times, added.
According to the statement, the treatment meted out to photo journalists on the day portrayed a continuous lack of concern for the safety and security of media personnel in the line of duty.
The GJA wondered why persons in charge of media relations for the event failed to consider erecting a riser for local photo journalists, both male and female “just as they had done for their foreign counterparts”.
It suggested that “in the planning of such national events, stakeholders must be consulted on issues that border on their operations”.
By Times Reporter