Protecting Journalists: Stay away from Farouk Mahama – GJA, GIBA hit another MP with media blackout

Following the incessant attacks on journalists by political actors, Mr. Albert Kwabena Dwumfour has reiterated calls for journalists to stay away from both Hawa Koomson and Farouk Aliu Mahama.
This, resolution reached is intended to safeguard media practitioners.

At a joint press briefing yesterday at the International Press Centre in Accra, Mr. Albert Kwabena Dwumfour recommended media houses walk the path by observing earlier blacklist decisions.

He, however, cautioned media houses and journalists going contrary to the call adding, “We live to see and time will tell”.

Explaining the GJA’s decision, Mr. Dwumfour said not only did the marauding thugs seeking a Citi FM journalist to devour who perpetrated the act, but the Member of Parliament for Yendi, Alhaji Farouk Aliu Mahama was the one who led the onslaught.

He recounted that the MP slapped and kicked the Journalist, Alabira for attempting to get a better glimpse of what has occurred between aggrieved parties.

He continued that the act invited the vigilantes around the MP who pounced on the journalist, destroying his phone and physically attacking.
The situation, he added made it difficult for the journalist to sleep due to the physical harm and psychological trauma he experienced.

Mr. Dwumfour stated, “Colleagues, it is instructive to state here that Alabira was not the only attacked, the regional police commander and the electoral commission officer were also made to undergo humiliating ordeals which no reasonable person and honorable MP should engage in, but that was the case in Yendi. The MP and his thugs took the law into their own hands and engaged in unfathomable conducts that all well-meaning citizens must condemn and demand justice”.

He expressed the disappointment of the GJA, GIBA, PRINPAG, and MFWA that after such dastardly gangsterism, no arrest had been made when the Regional Police Commander also tasted the ruthless actions of the thugs.

Mr. Dwumfour could not understand the state of the country where journalists could be attacked, police officers, and EC officials held hostage until a military intervention.

It was in the light of the foregoing, he concluded that if care was not taken, this year’s election would be bloody.

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