The National Media Commission has determined that the treatment meted out to Mr. Caleb Kudah by the Ministry of National Security operatives and the subsequent invasion of the premises of Citi FM & Citi TV on Tuesday, May 11,2021 was wrongful.
The Commission took the view that all institutions in a democratic state must act within the law and adopt approaches that reflect democratic values.
This was the outcome of the Commission’s settlement meetings under the Coordinated Mechanism for the Safety of Journalists following a response from the Ministry of National Security that the handling of Mr. Kudah and their presence at the premises of the media house were “excessive and unprofessional.”
The Commission welcomed the actions taken so far by the Ministry and hoped these represented a renewed commitment to democratic approaches to the management of security in the nation.
The Commission further called for the review of laws relating to security and media, especially those about prohibited areas within the context of the Constitution (1992).
It was the view of the Commission that all journalistic enterprise must be carried out openly and follow thoroughly the due process. However, there could be moments where overriding national interest may necessitate the use of undercover methods. In such moments, journalists require greater care and circumspection to ensure their safety.
The commission is of the view that in the national interest and the strengthening of democracy, there must be regular orientation programmes for both the media and security operatives to recognise and appreciate each other’s role.