Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has asked Ghanaian judges to harshly punish anyone who assault journalists in the course of their employment as a deterrence to those who might consider doing the same.
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah stated that attacks on journalists humiliate the nation and that prompt action against such acts must be taken.
On Monday, June 20, he addressed these things at a training course for judges in Ho, Volta Region, about the need of protecting freedom of expression and the safety of journalists.
“Yes, my Lords, the wheels of justice may grind slowly, but the input I’ve had from my media colleagues is that we believe some swift disciplinary action, targeted at offenders of infringement against media practitioners, will be appreciated,” the Ofoase Ayirebi politician added.
“It will send a strong message to the next batch of state and nonstate actors who may consider targeting a media practitioner in the course of his profession that it is not acceptable and, more crucially, that if you do, the court will severely penalize you.”
“It will be a message more powerful than any warning anyone can issue.” If we want these crimes, which are a shame and an embarrassment to our democracy, to stop, then punish those who perpetrate them as soon as possible.”
Journalists in Ghana have been subjected to a variety of physical attacks in the course of their profession over the years.