The Journalists for Business Advocacy (JBA) call for the immediate release of Mr. Ajafor Azunungu Emmanuel and one other journalist Mr. Emmanuel Bretwum, both of the online news portal, ModernGhana.com, who have been under arbitrary arrest by the. National Security since yesterday June 27, 2019.
Personnel who identified themselves as operatives from the National Security arrested the two journalists in their office in Accra without any proper explanation.
The JBA in a release signed by its president, Suleiman Mustapha, and the vice president, Kofi Ahovi, and copied to News Ghana. reiterates its demands to stop violence against journalism and journalists by the security agencies and ensure a safe working environment for journalists and freedom of speech in the country.
The group also said, “The arbitrary detention of these journalists is not an isolated case. In recent times, journalists have been under threat while others have lost their lives while performing their rightful duties.
These include attacks on journalists and photo journalists, closure of some media enterprises and the destruction of equipments of journalists. The names of the late Ahmed Hussein-Suale and Manasseh Azure Awuni immediately come to mind.
The JBA therefore, condemns the detention of our colleagues who were discharging their professional duties. We demand their immediate release from those who are detaining them. We also call on the government,the National Media Commission (NMC),the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA)and Civil Societies to take these outrageous violations seriously.
We reiterate our call to all parties involved to enforce the constitutional rights of journalists in this country to end the unnecessary attacks.”