The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) is struggling to overcome the shock and trepidation, over the sudden demise, of former President Jerry Rawlings after a short illness.
According to a statement by the President of GJA, Mr Affail Monney, the association is indeed reeling under anguish and grieving in disbelief that the man whom we had seen barely two weeks ago in sombre mood but in his usual charismatic demeanour, played a remarkable role at the funeral of his beloved mother be-gone so soon.
“The GJA’s heart goes out to his wife and children, the rest of the family and the entire nation for such colossal and irreplaceable loss.
Although our former Head of State and first president of our 4th Republic may not have been the best of friends of the media, during his nearly 20 years rule, he reached out to the media when he turned statesman.
The cordial relations culminated in the national executive of the Association, paying him a historic courtesy call on Thursday October 31, 2019, as part of actives to mark the 70th anniversary of the GJA.
The association will forever remember him, for the unique role he played in the transformation of Ghana.
We credit him with the birth of the 1992 Constitution which has helped more than any other in our history to anchor Ghana’s democracy.
He was a strong advocate of probity and accountability in the society and by so doing, he may have helped to embolden the media to defend those values as they are required to in a democracy.
But most of all, we salute him for Chapter 12 of the 1992 Constitution which enshrined freedom and Independence of the media in Ghana, on an unprecedented scale,” portions of the statement read.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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