The Upper East Regional Director of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Jalaldeen Abdulai, has joined demands for justice for the brutality meted out to Latif Mahama and the murder of Ahmed Suale.
Lawyer Abdulai also demanded a halt to the verbal and physical abuse of journalists.
“There is no gain in saying that in Ghana there are a number of unresolved brutalities against journalists, and Ahmed Suale and Latif Iddrisu are people we cannot overlook. I therefore join the numerous Ghanaians to call on the Ghana police to put a closure to these investigations in order for us to attain the requirement of the constitution and the UN general thing of world press freedom, and when that happens, no doubt we will be on the march to attaining human rights for all and ultimate development in our democracy.”
Lawyer Abdulai made these statements when he spoke at a lecture to commemorate this year’s World Press Freedom Day. It was hinged on the agenda “Shaping a Future of Rights: Freedom of Expression as a Driver for All Other Human Rights towards Ghana’s Development.”
The Upper East Regional Chairman of the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA), William Nlanjerbor Jalulah, has cautioned journalists to be wary of the content they put out. Mr. Jalulah also reminded journalists of their sacred duties of ensuring that the reports that are put out are accurate, just, and objective.
Journalists who do not do this could become victims of their own unprofessionalism and indiscipline.
World Press Freedom Day is an annual event that is celebrated on May 3rd to promote and defend the freedom of the press and to recognise the importance of a free and independent media in democratic societies. This day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993 to raise awareness of the importance of press freedom and to remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression.
World Press Freedom Day serves as an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, assess the state of press freedom around the world, defend the media from attacks on their independence, and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives while doing their jobs. Each year, a theme is chosen to focus on a particular aspect of press freedom, and events and discussions are organised around the world to raise awareness and promote action towards improving the state of press freedom globally.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana