THESE WICKED ATTACKS ON JOURNALISTS MUST STOP!

Anyone who appreciates the work of the media, and journalists, in particular, must be furious over the continued attacks on them in line of duty.

Without restraint, backward hoodlums continue to attack journalists brutally, through acts which defy common sense, and, therefore, should not be tolerated in any civilised country.

The Times is compelled, to comment once again on yet another brutal attack on one of its staff, Edem Mensah-Tsotorme on Tuesday, in his line of duty.

Edem was among journalists assigned to cover the court case at an Accra Circuit Court, of the six persons accused of involvement in the Nayele Ametefeh cocaine saga.

In an attempt to capture the accused persons on camera, their relatives are said to have pounced and manhandled him, and also attempted to seize his camera.

Graciously some police and media personnel who witnessed the nasty incident, are said to have rushed to his rescue after he had received a couple blows, with his pair of trousers getting torn.

It is unfortunate that the country which touts itself as the bastion of democracy in Africa, should be witnessing such barbaric attacks on journalists, in line of duty.

Not too long ago, our presidential cameraman, Vincent Dzatse, was similarly brutalised by security personnel during a parade at the Independence Square in Accra.

Tuesday’s attack on Mensah-Tsotorme was as if salt had been rubbed in our wounds, reminding us about the harrowing experience Vincent went through, with the Military.

We are disappointed that in spite of the public condemnations that characterised these attacks, some members of the public continue to perpetrate these senseless and wicked acts on innocent journalists and other media personnel who are engaged in their legitimate duties.

We are highly despaired that the security personnel have so far failed to apprehend these perpetrators, even when the assaults occur right under their watch.

We wish to emphasise that these violent attacks on the media, amount to attacks on press freedom and free speech, and more importantly, criminal offences, under the laws of the land.

We, therefore, see no reason why the police would not apprehend such hoodlums who are parading the courts and manhandling journalists, while performing their legitimate duties.

We are indeed, unhappy with the attacks on our men and call on the police, especially the Inspector-General of Police to take personal interest in the matter, and bring the culprits to book.

Our humble appeal to the IGP is based on the fact that the Police Service is an institution charged under the laws of the land, to bring criminal charges against all deviants in the society.

When this is done, we would be protecting not only the media but society in general to enjoy freedom of speech, as enshrined in the Constitution of Ghana.

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