Punish police officers who assaulted Ghanaian Times reporters – GJA
The Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) has condemned an alleged assault on three reporters of the Ghanaian Times Newspaper by a police officer. Raissa Sambo was said to be on admission at the Ridge Hospital after she was reportedly assaulted by a police officer with the motor transport department around the Kinbu Lorry Park in Accra on Thursday. The other reporters, Malik Suleman and Salifu Abdul Rahman are said to be assisting police to investigate the matter. The police officer reportedly rammed his unregistered motorbike into the car in which the journalists were. Upon inquest by the journalists, the police officer took offence and reportedly attacked them. GJA in a statement called for a swift investigation into the matter it described as “barbaric.” It also called on the police to fish out the officer who perpetrated the act and punish him accordingly.
“The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) condemns in no uncertain terms an alleged assault of three reporters of Ghanaian Times by a police officer in Accra Thursday, March 14, 2019. The reporters are Malik Sulemana, Salifu Abdul Rahman and Raissa Sambou Ebu. We call on the Police Administration to undertake swift investigations into the incident and, for once, punish the perpetrators of such heinous crime.” “The GJA finds the assault by the said police officers barbaric in an era of rule of law when the police are supposed to be law enforcers rather than law breakers. We call on the Police Administration to find and punish the perpetrators of this dastardly act to serve as deterrent to others and redeem the image of the Ghana Police Service from the shameful tag of a brutish institution. This incident must not be added to the list of unresolved cases of assault against journalists by police officers. This culture of impunity must end now,” GJA demanded in its statement.
Source : citinewsroom.com