General News of Tuesday, 20 May 2014
A human interest lawyer, Sam Pee Yalley, is calling on authorities at the LEKMA Hospital to investigate how a photo of the late P.V. Obeng lying on a stretcher at the morgue got into the public domain.
The former chairman of the National Development Planning Commission and Senior Advisor to the President died after he suffered an asthma attack on the Spintex road in Accra last Saturday.
A photo of him at the morgue got onto some social media on Sunday and was subsequently published in the Daily Guide newspaper on Monday.
The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and the National Media Commission (NMC) have both condemned Daily Guide’s publication of the said photo.
Speaking to Citi News, Mr. Pee Yalley said the morgue official who took the photo should be punished accordingly.
He mentioned that the LEKMA Hospital is a public institution and the laid down procedures which admit people into the hospital's morgue “does not include photography and so LEKMA would have to find out who took that picture and the state would have to deal with that person".
Mr. Yalley pointed out that Ghana’s customs and culture treats the dead with dignity and so it is imperative for Ghanaians to be "sensitive to the pain of the family".
He said the incident is indicative of the “depth of indignity and ingratitude that we find ourselves in".
He was optimistic that the case could be dealt with legally to serve as a deterrent to persons who abuse the privacy of others on social media.