Anas Aremeyaw Anas, the famous investigative journalist of the Tiger Eye PI, has spoken against the threats on the lives of journalists across the country.
Anas is of the view that journalists who have received various forms of death threats be given personal securities while in line of duty. In addition to that, the revered journalists have demanded a full investigative report on the death of his colleague and friend, Ahmed Suale who was gruesomely murdered in the line of duty.
The call on the government and state security agencies to protect journalists come in the wake of recent attacks on journalists as well as death threats on the lives of some journalists.
Anas particularly mentioned, Manasseh Azure Awuni, Edward Adeti, Afia Pokuaah, Captain Smart, Abdul Hayi Moomen, David Tamakloe among others as some persons whose lives must be protected by security agencies.
The Tiger Eye PI, in a statement, described attacks on journalists as barbaric and backward especially in this 21st century when press freedom has become paramount.
In a statement, the Tiger eye said;
“it is a terrible thing to practice journalism under conditions such as these, and it is even dangerous when nothing is done, and the perpetrators get to carry out their threats.”
He has thus charged government, security forces, the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), and the National Media Commission (NMC) to decisively probe into the incident and ensure that the perpetrators regaled of their social class are arrested made to face the full rigours of the law.
“Tiger Eye P.I calls on the government to condemn these threats and careless utterances be it from a lawmaker, a government official or opposition groups in the strongest terms yet. The security agencies must proactively investigate the sources of death threats and arrest the criminals. The security agencies should not be seen or be used to perpetuate any such attacks or intimidation. We appeal to the National Media Commission and Ghana Journalist Association to do more, particularly in engaging political parties and journalists who pursue public interest journalism
Speaking on the death of his colleague, Anas said, it should never happen again that any journalist be subjected to such a horrible experience.
“The murder of Ahmed Suale is still fresh on the minds of all journalists and sympathisers in this country. No journalist in the country can survive the bullets of their assassins if ever they become targets.”
Find below his statement
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