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General News of Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Source: myjoyonline

NPP’s scandalous attacks on Journalists make our hearts bleed – GJA

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has called on all to condemn the brutish and uncivilized attacks on journalists by supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Journalists, including reporters from the Multimedia Group Limited, Metro TV, and TV3, sustained varying degrees of injuries during the attacks.

The supporters were venting their anger on journalists as they protested the results of the just-ended elections, which the Electoral Commission declared in favor of sitting President John Mahama.

GJA Vice-President Roland Affail Monney told Joy News that the violent supporters were reverting to backwards behavior that most Ghanaians have risen above, explaining that in this day and age, one need not resort to violence to address grievances.

“Let me state emphatically that the frequency of those scandalous attacks makes our hearts bleed because in a democracy such as ours, which is acclaimed as the best in Africa, one would have thought that such brutish, uncalled for, uncivilized and unwarranted attacks should have been consigned to the dustbin of history.”

It was also unfortunate, he said, for journalists who have no hand in the electoral outcome to be attacked.

The GJA Vice-President appealed to party leaders to restrain their supporters from venting their anger on journalists.

Mr. Affail Monney said that the GJA would issue a statement on the attacks to draw the attention of the party’s leadership to the “enormousness of such uncouth behavior on the part of certain elements of ignoble proportions.”

Meanwhile, the Media Foundation for West Africa has condemned the attacks.

Its Executive Director, Professor Kwame Karikari, says the actions of the party faithful would have repercussions for the NPP.

He said that venting their anger and frustrations on journalists who are carrying out their legitimate duties is categorically unacceptable.

He added his voice to those urging the NPP to call their members to order.