By: Ewoenam Kpodo | Voltaonlinegh.com |
The Volta Regional Chapter of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has condemned recent attacks on the media in the region by members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and called on the police administration to thoroughly investigate the alleged attacks.
The GJA in a release dated 0ctober 14, 2018 and signed by its Regional Chairman, A.B. Kafui Kanyi said “the Association considers the conduct uncivilized, act of lawlessness, lack of responsibility and attack on freedom of speech and condemns it in no uncertain term.”
The GJA’s release came after some activists of NPP led by Charles Seayor popularly known as “Kofi Original” forcibly entered the studios of a Ho-based Kekeli Radio last Friday and attempted assaulting panelists on the morning show being hosted by Israel Abotsivia, thus, disrupting the show for about an hour.
The next day, Saturday, there were reports that the newly elected Volta Regional Chairman of the party, Makafui Kofi Woanya and the Municipal Engineer for Keta, Samuel Domprey had jointly attempted an attack on two journalists, Akpagana-Kesedovo Logah and Eyram Kingsley Ameshi who were pursuing an investigation into shoddy works done in constructing some facilities in the Municipality at the Keta Municipal Coordinating Council.
It took the intervention of the police in the case of Kekeli Radio and the Coordinating Director, and some others in the case of the two journalists to keep both situations under control.
The Association decried how political parties “are gradually making radio stations the battle ground for their intra and inter-party conflicts” and advised all media houses, radio stations especially, “to tighten security at their premises and studios.