Senior Journalists across the country have made a clarion call on government to ensure that justice for investigative journalist, Ahmed Hussein-Suale, is served.
The assassination of Suale came as a shock to many Ghanaians. It has been weeks now and his family, friends and colleagues from the media fraternity are still at a loss as to why he had been targeted.
Speaking at a security seminar in Accra, President of the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA), Dr. Affail Monney, said it was about time all journalists in the country got involved in the fight to get justice for their colleague.
“This is wake up call for us that collectively, we need to stand together. Others have spoken about the obsessive and compulsive politicisation of issues and it is something we need to address.”
According to Dr. Monney, when issues are politicised, it neutralises the efforts of journalists to fight their enemies, adding that, “our enemies are those who attack us in our line of duty and in worse case, they kill us.”
The seminar on safety and security of journalists, dubbed, “Journalism Is Not A Crime”, was organised by the association in collaboration with the National Peace Council, and was aimed at equipping journalists with critical safety and security information in the discharge of their duties.
Ken Ashigbey, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, reiterated that there was no need for journalists, who are safeguarding the country’s democracy, to be killed in their line of duty.
He said this should be the last time a journalist is killed for doing his job, and served notice that the media fraternity will not relent until justice is served.
“Journalism is not a crime so let’s make sure that the state is protecting us, media houses are protecting us and we ourselves are conscious of our security…we will do our jobs and we will not allow those people to intimidate us and prevent us from doing what we have to do,” Mr. Ashigbey submitted.
Funeral For Suale
The GJA has slated Friday, February 8, 2019 for a funeral service for the slain Journalist. The funeral is not only intended to reverend the dead but also to put pressure on the authorities to bring to book his killers. It is also to raise a campaign on the need for Journalists to be protected.
As part of activities, today, February 6, has been branded a black Wednesday to venerate Hussein-Suale.
The funeral would be climaxed with a peace match on Wednesday, March 20, and the submission of a petition to government.
By: Grace Ablewor Sogbey