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Kudah’s arrest: I am sorry for my preliminary remark, says GJA president

  • “I additionally be aware of the righteous indignation and emotional overdrive over the difficulty.  I, subsequently, render my sincerest apology for any misimpression created that I used to be insensitive to the plight of the journalists however excited in regards to the excesses by the Nationwide Safety operatives. Certainly, these excesses cross for wickedness at its most bare nastiness. And I completely denounce them.” 

Affail Monney, president of the Ghana Journalists’ Affiliation (GJA) has apologised for his preliminary remark over the alleged assault on a Citi FM journalist, Caleb Kudah, by some Nationwide Safety officers.

The apology follows a collection of public backlash after he overtly acknowledged that Kudah breached the GJA’s code of ethics.

Addressing a information convention in Accra on Friday, Monney condemned the motion of the Nationwide Safety officers, describing it as unlucky.

“I additionally be aware of the righteous indignation and emotional overdrive over the difficulty.  I, subsequently, render my sincerest apology for any misimpression created that I used to be insensitive to the plight of the journalists however excited in regards to the excesses by the Nationwide Safety operatives. Certainly, these excesses cross for wickedness at its most bare nastiness. And I completely denounce them.”

He added: “Beneath my presidency, assaults or threats in opposition to journalists ,no matter the perpetrators or victims , have acquired  outright condemnation. So there isn’t any method the newest ones in opposition to the Citi FM journalists shall be swept underneath the carpet. In no way.”

Beneath is the total assertion:

Good morning colleague journalists, distinguished women and gents.

Please settle for my deepest gratitude for responding to the invitation to attend this morning’s press convention which can final no more than 5 minutes.

I’m holding it in my private capability as a Senior Journalist and a resident of No 4 Puma Road, Adentan, Accra. This press convention is principally to set the data straight and share a couple of feedback on the raging storm over the molestation of two Citi FM reporters, Caleb Kuda and Zoe Abu Baidoo Addo.

On Wednesday, twelfth Could, 2021, round 5:40 pm I granted an interview at Kumasi Airport to Pleasure FM. Admittedly, the knowledge I had  was sketchy. So  I reluctantly went forward to talk to the difficulty. I started by instinctively and profoundly expressing my tenderest solicitude to and fullest solidarity with the 2 journalists . Certainly, I faulted Caleb whom I assumed was  “ overtly “ filming a video on the Ministry of Nationwide Safety earlier than his arrest. I , nonetheless , added pointedly that the alleged moral breach didn’t , and , doesn’t justify the inordinate use of pressure and intimidatory ways in opposition to the poor journalists. I roundly condemned the “ huge” invasion of Citi FM premises by safety operatives to scale up the diploma of intimidation in opposition to your complete employees and administration. I once more mentioned that the response by these safety operatives was  completely out of proportion to the so referred to as offense by Caleb. It clearly violated the regulation of proportionality.

Unsurprisingly, my condemnation of the workplace invasion and bodily brutalization was muted whereas my touch upon Caleb’s moral fashion was tilted and overly highlighted , clearly to attain sure sensational ends.

As a scholar of management, I’ve realized {that a} chief will not be afraid to vary course when confronted with contemporary data which challenges his earlier assumptions. As I indicated, the knowledge I had earlier than the interview was scanty. What is accessible now could be adequate,  as authorized luminaries , distinguished ethicists and social critics slice  and cube the difficulty from all angles. It’s wholesome for a free society equivalent to ours for viewpoint variety  to be manifestly commemorated, not maliciously castigated.  I additionally be aware of the righteous indignation and emotional overdrive over the difficulty.  I, subsequently, render my sincerest  apology for any misimpression created that I used to be insensitive to the plight of the journalists  however excited in regards to the excesses by the Nationwide Safety operatives. Certainly, these excesses cross for wickedness at its most bare nastiness. And I completely denounce them.

Beneath my presidency, assaults or threats  in opposition to journalists ,no matter the perpetrators or victims , have acquired  outright condemnation. So there isn’t any method the newest ones in opposition to the Citi FM journalists shall be swept underneath the carpet. In no way. Certainly, the ordeal as narrated by the journalists is coronary heart rending, soul wrenching, thoughts boggling, and earth- shattering. The intrinsic worth and inherent dignity of the 2 as human beings had been blatantly violated. Their freedom as journalists, too, was scandalously abused. The misbehavior of the nationwide safety operatives can exert a big chilling impact on the media panorama as a complete.  This should cease. In view of this, I urge the Committee of Enquiry arrange by the Ministry of Nationwide Safety to shortly transfer into motion to impartiality  unravel all of the circumstances surrounding the difficulty. The findings and suggestions also needs to be applied with pressing promptitude to provide that means to our motto as a land of freedom and justice.

The Lord is our refuge and power.

I thanks on your variety consideration.

Background

On Tuesday (11 Could), nationwide safety operatives detained Kudah for allegedly filming on the premises of the Nationwide Safety Ministry. He was launched after questioning.

In a TV interview, Kudah alleged that he was manhandled earlier than being questioned on the ministry.

“They took me to a police publish, the place I met DSP Azugu. But this time the gentleman had instructed everyone that I had come there and breached the protocols making an attempt to trigger issues.

Fred Dzakpata

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