By: Ewoenam Kpodo | Voltaonlinegh.com |
The leadership of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Volta Region has rendered an unreserved apology to the staff and management of Ho-based Kekeli Radio over the waywardness of some of its activists.
The party in a release signed by its Regional Communication Director, Enoch Amegbletor condemned the misbehavior of the activists and noted that it had taken steps to resolve the issue.
The NPP activists led by one Charles Seayor popularly known as “Kofi Original” on Friday, October 12 forcibly entered the studios of Kekeli Radio and attempted to assault panelists on the morning show being hosted by Israel Abotsivia and so, disrupted the show for about an hour.
This provoked a release from the Volta Regional Chapter of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) on Sunday which condemned the invasion of the studio describing it as ”uncivilized, act of lawlessness, lack of responsibility and attack on freedom of speech” and called on the police to investigate the incident.
But Mr Amegbletor assured citizens of the region and media practitioners that the “party is committed to freedom of speech and resolution of issues through due process.”
Meanwhile, the Volta GJA in a new release signed by its Chairman, A.B. Kafui Kanyi commended the leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the region for the swift manner in which it responded to the misconduct of some of its activists.
The release added that the Association “remains committed to work with all stakeholders including political parties and demand that the media practitioners are treated as professionals at all times.
It further reiterated the call for all media houses, radio stations especially to tighten security at their premises and studios.
Although the GJA referred to another report of attempted attack on some two journalists on Saturday at Keta by the Regional Chairman of the NPP and the Keta Municipal Engineer in Sunday’s release, the new release and that of the NPP were silent on the Keta incident.
In reaction, Mr. Kanyi said the Association’s new release was in respect to how the first issue was quickly addressed.
“The two parties resolved concerns on the first issue and apologies were rendered so the Association is only recognising that effort while working to address the last issue.”