The National Media Commission (NMC) has called on the police to investigate thoroughly, two recent incidents of assault on journalists in the country and take all appropriate measures to protect media workers in the performance of their duties.
A statement signed by Ambassador Kabral Blay-Amihere, Chairman of the Commission and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on Monday expressed concern about the increasing incidents of physical attacks and harassment of journalists in the country as they go about their duty to inform and educate the public.
It cited one of the cases in which a Daily Graphic reporter, Daniel Kenu, was allegedly assaulted by a group of people allegedly linked to Mr. Asamoah Gyan, the Captain of the Black Stars.
The assault was reported to have occurred shortly after the journalist asked a question at a press conference organised by the Ghana Football Association ahead of the Ghana-Uganda AFCON qualifier at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.
In the other incident, the Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly was reported to have ordered the arrest of a Multi TV driver and the harassment of two journalists, Joojoh Cobbinah and Festus Solomon, when the journalists were doing their routine work at Mensah Guinea, an Accra suburb.
?Such assaults and similar unwarranted attacks on media professionals and other people working for media organisations constitute a threat to press freedom, and an affront to Ghana?s Constitution and ordinary decencies in our society and nation?, the statement said.