The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has been encouraged by the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, to put more pressure on the Ghana Police Service and the judiciary to properly handle incidents of attacks on journalists in the nation.
Mr. Nkrumah emphasized the vital role these organizations play in resolving issues pertaining to the safety and well-being of journalists while speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express.
His remarks follow two recent incidents of assault on journalists, which prompted the GJA to impose a media embargo on two politicians it believes helped to arrange the attack.
The Information Minister stated that matters involving attacks on journalists should be resolved by the Ghana Police Service and the judiciary, pointing out the NMC’s limits in handling these cases on its own.
Thus, he urged the GJA to ensure that the aforementioned organizations are regularly held responsible for ensuring that reported instances are adequately investigated and taken up in court.
“It is imperative that we maintain consistent accountability with the police and judiciary services for the cases they receive and monitor their follow-up,” he stated on Monday.
When brought to the attention of the police, the Information Minister called attention to reported occurrences, thereby acknowledging the Ministry’s part in employing a minimalist standard.
He did, however, stress the need for constant pressure to avoid any oversights in the handling of journalist attack cases.
In light of worries about press freedom and the necessity for a forceful response to safeguard media professionals who cover national problems in the public interest, he is calling for responsibility.
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