By Roberta Gayode Modin
President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Mr. Albert Kwabena Dwumfour, has made a passionate appeal to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Seth Amoama, to check the military high command in Kumasi.
According to him, subsequent records over the years have proven the capital city as a hotspot for rampant military attacks on journalists and needed to be examined to protect the security of journalists.
“I don’t know what is in Kumasi central command. The military attacked our regional chairman who doubles as the Regional Correspondent for the New Times Corporation, Kingsley Hope, took his phone and deleted footage from it, which triggered a meeting with the high command,” Mr. Dwumfuor pointed out.
He, however, commended the military for investigating some cases of attacks on journalists, like the one between uniformed officers and GBC’s Ashanti Regional correspondent, Nicholas Osei-Owusu.
“I would want to commend the military because initially we thought the issue had been swept under the carpet but when I met with the CDS he assured us that they’re going to follow it up and they did. This has assured us that the current military high command is ready to collaborate with the media to work without intimidation,” he said.
The Association President also called on the military to re-look the way they handle journalists during national events.
National Executives of the Ghana Journalists Association, led by President Albert Dwumfour, joined by General Secretary Kofi Yeboah, Organising Secretary Dominic Hlodzi, and Public Affairs Officer Rebecca Ekpe, paid the courtesy visit to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Seth Amoama, at Burma Camp to forge collaborations for better Media Military relationship for the betterment of the Ghanaian society.