Affail Monney   

The Ghana Journalists? Association (GJA) has vehemently condemned the attack on Justice FM in Tamale, the Northern Regional capital, by some irate youth last Tuesday.

The last incident, which followed a litany of others across the country, according to the GJA, was a serious blot on Ghana?s democracy and freedom of expression.

?Freedom of expression in particular is the single most important political right of all Ghanaians. Freedom of expression goes with the toleration of divergent views, no matter how unpalatable one?s comments may be,? the association noted.

It pointed out in a statement signed by the President, Affail Monney, that it was therefore totally unacceptable that this right was abused with blatant impunity by the youth who attacked Justice FM to express their objection to comments allegedly passed by a panellist at the station.

?The GJA makes it emphatically clear that any attack on a journalist in his/her line of duty is an attack on all journalists. ?And any attack on journalists is an attack on media freedom which is the oxygen of Ghana?s democracy. The Association urges the police to deal surgically with the perpetrators of the attack on Justice FM. We believe that the attack on Justice FM reinforces the need to provide security at broadcasting facilities and other media institutions, especially those in politically sensitive or volatile areas,? the statement pointed out.

Meanwhile, the GJA has lent its fullest support to the Northern Regional Chapter of the association for its swift response to the incident. It has also registered its strongest solidarity with the management and staff of Justice FM. ?We encourage them to go about their duty fearlessly within the confines of the law and the ethics of the profession,? it concluded.

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