The Editor’s Forum Ghana, condemning the gruesome murders of Investigative Journalist Hussein Ahmed-Suale and Mrs Josephine Asante, the Marketing and Corporate Affairs Manager of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, have urged the public to assist the Police to find the murderers.
“The EFG feel the need to add our voice to the national and global condemnation of the murder of Mr. Hussein-Suale because it is not just a vicious killing of a fellow human being, but, as stated, an attack on the media,” it said in a statement, signed by its chairperson, Ms Ajoa Yeboah-Afari, copied to the Ghana News Agency, on Monday.
It, however, stated: “We take consolation in our belief that the Ghana Police Service has the capacity and the acumen to find the killers.
“But the Police need the support and cooperation of the public, especially people who live in the crime scene area.
“Thus we appeal to the community to report any suspicious developments observed in their neighborhoods to the Police…. As the Police have stated times without number, crime fighting is a shared responsibility and the police need the assistance of the public to perform as expected.”
The EFJ said it suspected that the motive of the murderers of Hussein-Suale or their contractors was to silence him or to seek revenge for exposing their crimes; and to intimidate the Tiger Eye PI team, with which he worked, their leader, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, as well as other investigative reporters.
“However, it goes without saying that killing the messenger has never stopped the dissemination of the news, or the exposure of what those behind such murders seek to cover up,” the EFG stated.
“If anything, it only serves to generate public interest and embolden the investigators. Surely, this evil act will not stop Tiger Eye, now an internationally recognised brand.
“Also, we are confident that this murder will not stop investigative journalism in Ghana, or other forms of journalism that unearth the wrongs in our society.”
The EFG said the ‘fiendish deed’ needed to be denounced by all because it had no place in any civilized society and should serve as a reminder to the media fraternity the importance of closing their ranks and working in unity at all times.
It expressed its deepest condolences go to the Hussein-Suale family and friends, Tiger Eye leader Anas Aremeyaw Anas and the other team members; as well as to the family and friends of Mrs Asante.
Hussein-Suale was killed on Wednesday, January 16, at Madina, while driving home to pick a sick niece to the hospital, while Mrs Asante was found murdered in her home after returning home from an office event on the night of January 12, 2019.