TUC Condemns Assault On Journalists

KOFI  ASAMOAH   TUC  BOSSMr Kofi Asamoah, Secretary General of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), has called on the public to refrain from assaulting journalists, especially when they are performing their legitimate duties.

He said journalists throughout the world played significant roles in national development, and should be accorded respect.

Speaking on ‘Burning Issues’ aired on Adom FM and Asempa FM, on Monday night, Mr. Asamoah said “it is criminal, contemptible and completely intolerable to attack a man or woman of the media in his or her line of duty”.

Three journalists from Multi TV; Felix Akunor, Joojo Cobbina and Festus Solomon, were on Saturday arrested on the orders of the Chief Executive of Accra, Mr Alfred Vanderpuije, when they attempted to report on the demolition of Mensah Guinea, in Accra, recently.

They have been charged with offensive conduct.

The Ashanti Regional Correspondent of the Daily Graphic, Mr Daniel Kenu, was on Friday assaulted allegedly by Baffuor Gyan, elder brother of Black Stars’ Captain, Asamoah Gyan, and their manager, Samuel Anim Addo, at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

Mr Asamoah said: “I agree that from time to time, media houses and their staff err in the performance of their duties, but physically assaulting them is not the way to go,” the TUC Secretary General told Afia Pokua, hostess of the talk show, adding that there were avenues for anyone who felt  offended by a media report to seek redress.

He, however, advised media practitioners to act professionally to earn the respect they desired from the public, adding, “If you want to be respected, you should first respect yourself and earn societal respect”.

Mr. Asamoah appealed to the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) to organise regular workshops for journalists, to upgrade their skills and knowledge.

He also urged the GJA to transform itself into a workers’ union, to be able to effectively fight for the welfare of journalists, and ensure better working conditions.

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