The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has condemned the attacks on journalists by members of the Glorious Word Power Ministries International on Monday at the premises of an Accra High court.
The association is, therefore, demanding “swift justice” against the loyalists of the head pastor of the church,Rev Isaac OwusuBempah.
These were contained a statement signed by the president of GJA, Affail Monney and copied to the Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday.
The GJA, according to the statement welcomed the apology rendered by the Police administration and assuranceof future protection for journalists adding that “the GJA principally holds the view that the timely gesture of the rebranded Ghana Police does not and should not absolve the offenders from tasting the biting edge of the law as articulated by Article 17(1) of the Constitution which simply says no one is above the law.”
The statement recalled that the Rev Owusu Bempah on March 15, 2019 stormed the premises of Radio XYZ in the company of four gun-wielding thugs in search of a radio presenter at the station.
It said in the process, the administrator and staff of the station were molested and that nothing punitive happened to OwusuBempah.
It also said on December 13, 2018, the same man of God vandalised equipment at Hot FM stating that he walked a free man thereafter.
“It is needless to note that Owusu Bempah and his followers did and said anything with careless abandon and naked impunity until the air of untouchability surrounding them was punctured with the latest arrest,” it added
The statement urged the law and order community not to allow the latest attacks against journalists to be overshadowed by the dominant case or swept under the carpet.
BY TIMES REPORTER