GJA, others, mark the second commemoration of killed writer Ahmed Suale

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) on Monday said the delay in serving justice by arresting and prosecuting the killers of Ahmed Suale, an investigative journalist, murdered two years ago, is unacceptable. 

“It is not within the bounds of possibility to bring Suale back to life. But it is within the confines of the capacity of the police to bring the perpetrators to book. This is our Conviction,” Mr Roland Affail Monney, President of the GJA, said at a forum to mark the second anniversary of the assassination of Ahmed Suale, who used to work for Tiger Eye, a media investigative entity in Accra. 

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Mr Monney said it was unfortunate that the initial communication from the Police that six persons had been arrested for questioning, did not yield any results while the assassins were still walking freely, two years afterwards.

“We, therefore, ask the authorities to act with lightning-quick speed to purge the stain on the country’s image, the dim on our glittering democracy and the chill on media freedom inflicted by the unprecedented savagery of Suale’s death,” Mr Monney said.    

The GJA President condemned the culture of impunity and the structure of permission created by “enemies of media freedom” and some leaders of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who blatantly incited their supporters against certain media personalities after the declaration of the December 7 Presidential result. 

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While charging journalists to remain united and do their work with critical sensitivity, Mr Monney reiterated the Association’s commitment to stand by all journalists, including Efia Pokua and Kwame Sefa Kayi, both of Despite Media, Manase Azuri, a freelance Journalist, Phil Quartey of Metro TV, Umaru Sanda of Citi FM, Abdul Hayi Moomen of GTV, Evans Mensah, Kojo Yankson, Winston Amoah and Gifty Andoh Appiah, all of Multimedia, and others who suffered unjustified attacks, murderous threats and hefty insults in their line of duty.  

The forum, which was also held to discuss the threats and attacks against journalists in Ghana, was addressed by various media-related associations, including the West Africa Journalists Association, (WAJA), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), among others, with the various representatives, calling on the State to protect journalists and prosecute perpetrators when found. 

They also implored journalists to remain professional and resolute in seeking information and relaying it to society. 

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WAJA, in a solidarity message read by Mrs Linda Asante-Agyei, Vice-President of GJA, said the marking of the second anniversary of Suale’s death, renewed calls for justice to be served.  WAJA said heads of States should be held responsible for attacks on journalists should they failed to investigate and bring perpetrators of heinous crimes against journalists to justice.  

Source: myjoyonline.com

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