Ghana Bar Association condemns attacks on Journalists

Amnesty Meeting
Amnesty Meeting

The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) has condemned attacks and attempts by some people to assault journalists during their line of duty.
Mr Yaw Acheampong Boafo, National President of the GBA, said journalists had the right to information and must be protected in that direction.
He stressed that, freedom of expression was explicitly linked to free press which was needed to promote and strengthen good governance and the country’s democratic culture.
Mr Boafo was speaking at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Amnesty International Ghana, which was held at Ejisu in the Ashanti region.
The meeting was held on the theme ‘Strengthening Freedom of Expression and Association, Prerequisite for Democratic Governance and Fundamental Human Rights”, aimed at adopting a policy decision for the organisation and work with civil society organisations to ensure that government was held accountable to the choices that were made, to promote freedom of expression.
It was also to engage major key stakeholders to push government to hear the voices of the masses.
Mr Boafo however, advised media personnel and journalists to be circumspect in their reportage and utterances, while avoiding engaging in propaganda.
Dr Vincent Mensah-Adzahlie, former International Board member of Amnesty International, said threats to freedom of expression and people who expressed their views such as journalists and civil society groups must cease for them to make responsible contributions to national development.
He said Ghana was losing its status as a beacon of democracy as most officials did not want to be criticised for their irresponsible actions.
Human rights abuses he added, was also on the rise, saying democracy was threatened if freedom of expression was hampered.

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