Women's Bantabaa aspiration is always to tell a story that has never been told and bring a story to public that are always waving the flag of freedom yet standby silently with the concerning situation of the people, their narratives, their perspectives, their understanding of the world around them, without feeling that they are constantly defending their religious and cultural identity.
Friday, May 10, 2013
MFWA Director Charge Ghana Police to Prosecute Bodyguards for locking up Journalists
Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has charged
the Ghana Police Service to act swiftly to arrest and prosecute bodyguards for
locking up four Ghanaian journalists in a church.
believed to be bodyguards of Prophet T.B Joshua, Founder and Overseer of the
Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), on May 7, 2013 detained four
journalists belonging to Accra-based media organisations for several hours, a
statement from MFWA stated.
journalists were locked up in a room at the church premises located at the
Spintex Road, a suburb of Accra, the capital according to the statement. It
took the intervention of a police officer identified as Supt. Alex Kumankani,
before the journalists were released.
cannot take the law into their own hands and maltreat journalists in that
manner so the police must come in quickly and arrest and prosecute them immediately,”
he told Adom FM.
Emmanuel Anteh and Gilbert Azu, reporter and cameraman respectively of
privately-owned Multi-TV, and Abdul Wahab Giwah and Seth Yeboah,
cameramen of privately-owned Net 2 Television were accosted by the
bodyguards while covering vehicular traffic and a large crowd that had gathered
at the church premises in wait of the visiting Prophet.
One of the
journalists, Anteh told Adom FM, that the bodyguards tried to seize their
camera and locked them in a room where the reporters of Net 2 TV were
already being held. They were filming the crowd when the bodyguards approached
them and invited them into the church.
unlawful detention of the journalists has been met with wide public
condemnation with the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) demanding an
immediate investigation into the matter, adding that the law is not a respecter
of any person irrespective of spiritual pedigree or social status.” The release
to MFWA, this brings to two, assaults against journalists within the last two
weeks. On April 25, 2013, a reporting crew from privately-owned Metro
Television was physically assaulted while their camera was destroyed at Spintex Road by
Mrs. Maria Djentuh, an estate owner, when they went to cover a confrontation
between her (Mrs. Djentuh) and the residents of the estate.
of attacks on journalists by individuals must be curbed. The MFWA, therefore,
calls on journalists associations and groups to pursue these cases to ensure
that investigations are actually conducted and the findings are made public so
that appropriate redress or legal actions could be pursued” it ends.
Ghana is one of the countries
that repeal its laws on sedition and criminal libel. Journalists have enjoyed the
unfettered media rights in the country.