Executive Director of ASEPA, Mensah Thompson has called for the outright rejection of the apology rendered by the GJA President, Affail Monney on the attack of Citi FM / Citi TV journalist, Caleb Kudah by the operatives of the National Security.
Mr Monney’s initial reaction to the issue was that, the alleged assaulted journalist breached the GJA’s Code of Ethics, a stance he later apologised for, following the backlash he received from members of the public.
In a statement reacting to Mr Monney’s comment and subsequent apology, ASEPA described “the apology as a mere afterthought following the backlash his reckless comments have received and not borne out of any goodwill to promote the interest of journalists in the Country.”
They therefore “reject his apology outrightly and use this opportunity to intensify our call for his removal from office immediately!”, the statement added.
Read below the full statement
Mensah Thompson of ASEPA writes…
We have received news of an apology rendered by Mr. Affail Monney, President of the GJA this afternoon at Press Conference in Accra with a pinch of salt.
The GJA President’s admission that his comments that the Citi FM Journalist Caleb Kuddah breached the GJA’s code of ethics was based on scanty information available to him about the incident at the time clearly exposes the individualist leadership style of Monney.
As the GJA President, when issues happen, you are expected to wait and get full briefings on the incident consult the other Executive Members of the GJA and the GJA can collectively issue a statement or take a position on the matter.
This clearly shows that what we have served with by Mr.Monney’s over 10 years in office as GJA President is a barrage of personal opinion on issues and not the collective voice of Journalists in the Country which was confirmed by the counter comments by another executive member of the GJA refuting the claims of Mr. Monney.
Mr. Monney is going into history books as the worst GJA President and a mere apology cannot save him this time, it is time for him to bow out for the GJA to undertake proper reforms that would promote the interests of Journalists in the Country.
Mr.Monney’s tenure as GJA President has been characterized by enormous abuse of Journalists than any other GJA President.
And anytime these abuses have happened, the GJA only issues a frivolous statement on the matter then goes to sleep.
We have seen the Sampson Adeti example, up to date we don’t know what the GJA has done about the matter, Manasseh Azure example, and the Ahmed Suale example.
A journalist was murdered in cold blood in the Country and to date, the GJA under President Affail Monney has not been able to ensure justice for the family of the journalist.
Journalists live in continuous fear in the Country and what Mr.Monney is interested in is winning the next elections as GJA President.
We believe it is this ambition of Mr.Monney and his fear that he could lose the support of Government actors in his next bid as GJA President is that motivated him to attempt to whitewash the brutal assault of the Journalist by putting the blame at the doorstep of the Journalist.
We, therefore, described the apology as a mere afterthought following the backlash his reckless comments have received and not borne out of any goodwill to promote the interest of journalists in the Country.
We reject his apology outrightly and use this opportunity to intensify our call for his removal from office immediately!
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