Punish fully policeman who assaulted journalist – GJA president

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has called on the Police Administration to fully punish the policemen who brutally assaulted Eric Nana Gyetuah, a journalist at Connect FM in Takoradi.

A statement signed and issued in Accra yesterday by President of GJA, Affail Monney, said the association also expects a speedy conclusion of the investigation into the incident which was another brazen act of impunity.

It said the actions of the policemen have left the victim with hearing difficulties in the right ear, which also experiences occasional discharge.

The GJA, according to the statement, was also demanding expeditious enquiry into the alleged armed attacks on KorleAdjator of Radio Ada. 

“We expect that the law will take its course no matter how complex the issues might be,” it stated.

The statement said the magnitude and closeness of the two incidents send worrying signals, especially, to international media watchers who still regard Ghana as a reference point of press freedom and democracy in Africa. 

It stated that “we must not, and dare not slide further but rise higher on the league table of free media systems on the continent and the world as a whole.”

 It would be recalled that some five policemen allegedly assaulted the journalist on February 3 at a popular restaurant for taking pictures of some suspects in the company of policemen.

The suspects were believed to have killed a returnee from abroad two years ago, in the Western Region.

According to eyewitnesses, both the policemen and the suspects were hungry, so they stopped by an eatery to grab some food.

The sight of the suspects eating with their handcuffs intrigued the journalist who took pictures of the incident.

Upon noticing that Nana Gyetuah had taken shots of the suspects, the policemen confronted him and demanded that he deleted the photos.

According to reports, the journalist refused to comply, thus leading to the angry cops allegedly beating him to a pulp and later arrested. 

BY TIMES REPORTER

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