GJA to head to court over assault on Adom FM reporter

Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) is considering legal action against a member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Hajia Fati who has confirmed slapping a journalist on duty.

The president of the Association Affail Monney said all other cases of assault of journalists will be followed closely to ensure justice is served.

He gave the assurance at a press conference held yesterday, to condemn the serial cases of assault on journalists.

Last Friday, a journalist with Adom FM was slapped by Hajia Fati for taking a photograph of her at the NPP headquarters.

Ohemaa Sekyiwaa had gone to cover a story at the NPP headquarters, which had been bustling with activities ahead of elections for National Executives.

A suspended Second Vice Chairman of the party, Sammy Crabbe was prevented by Hajia Fati from picking a form to contest the upcoming elections.

According to her, a suspended member cannot contest an upcoming election.

In the midst of the controversy, which had become a little chaotic, Ohemaa Sakyiwaa decided to take pictures of the incident to aid her work.

She was however prevented from doing so with a hefty slap from the NPP member.

Hajia Fati has since confirmed slapping the journalist saying she did not look like a journalist but an “onion seller”.

She added Ohemaa Sekyiwaa did not ask her permission before attempting to take a picture of her.

Persons within the journalism profession had wildly condemned her conduct.

The assault on Sekyiwaa comes barely a month after a Joy FM reporter, Latif Iddrisu was assaulted by uniform wearing, gun-wielding police officers at the Police headquarters.

He had gone there to cover the arrest of the Deputy Secretary of the NDC Koku Anyidoho.

According to the reporter, he went to ask a harmless question of the police officers who were having a hard time controlling marauding NDC supporters who had converged at the police headquarters in solidarity with the arrested national executive.

His question about what equipment the police was using to control the crowd angered the police officers on duty who assaulted him and left him with a cracked skull.

Wading into the issues of assault, Affail Monney said all journalists must first think about their safety before the news.

He described as shameful and condemnable the assault on the Adom FM reporter.

Affail Monney charged the NPP to call Hajia Fati to order having gained notoriety for assaulting journalists.

He said the GJA will follow this issue to its logical conclusion including seeking legal remedies.

He also promised the association will follow up on the attack on Latif Iddrisu as well and see to it that journalists work under a safe and secure condition.

 

Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

Writer’s email: franklin.asare-donkor@todaygh.com

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