The Minister of information, Mustapha Hamid has assured that the Akufo-Addo government will not shield anyone who attacks journalists in the country, but will instead allow the law to take its full cause.
Mr Hamid gave the assurance on the Citi Breakfast show today [Wednesday] on the back of the backlash the governing New Patriotic Party received in the last few days because a known activist of the party, Hajia Fati, allegedly slapped a journalist.
Ghana was adjudged number one in Africa and 23rd in the world in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index.
The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), in its recent report, revealed that a total of 17 Ghanaian journalists had been abused since January 2017 with the recent one being an attack on an Adom FM reporter by Hajia Fati at the NPP’s head office last Friday.
The reported assault occurred after Hajia Fati forcefully prevented Sammy Crabbe, suspended Second Vice Chairman of the party, from picking forms to contest for the NPP’s chairmanship position.
The reporter said she had attempted taking a photo of the incident when she was slapped.
Mustapha Hamid further in the interview lamented that Ghana’s rating could drop on the World Press Freedom Index if such incidents persist
Hajia Fati had explained that the lady she assaulted didn’t appear as a journalist and that she looked like “one of our women in the market.”
Meanwhile, the NPP has condemned the attack saying “No journalist should feel intimidated and must continue to discharge his/her duties without fear.”