Vice President of Private Newspaper Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG), David Tamakloe has condemned the use of force on two Citi FM Journalists who were arrested by some national security operatives.
Tamakloe, who is also the editor of WhatsApp Newspaper, insisted that the act was unnecessary and total abuse of power.
Zoe Abu-Baidoo Addo was picked up from Citi FM premises Tuesday after her colleague Caleb Kudah had been nabbed for filming at a security zone.
The heavily armed police officers in three Pickup trucks who stormed the premises of the Adabraka-based media house arrived with Kudah in handcuffs. Reports say he had forwarded what he filmed at the Ministry of National Security to Zoe, and the armed men had to follow up to pick her for questioning.
The Ministry of National Security has said it is investigating the matter but Tamakloe who was reacting to the government on TV XYZ indicated that he does not trust the government to do a good job.
“The inordinate laws of Ghana are being mutilated and even the supremacy of the Constitution is appearing to be entirely disrespected by the security operatives that brutalizing a journalist and individuals is a way of ensuring sanity”
He further stated that, the move by the Citi FM Journalist Caleb Kudah to film the vehicles that were procured by MASLOC and left to rot at the premises of the National Security Secretariat was in the interest of the public.
“When a Journalist sees something wrong concerning the country he doesn’t need a permission to cover,” Tamakloe added.
He stressed out that,the media is the fourth estate of the realm and without media the government will not fulfill its promises to the citizenry.
“But under this current government Journalists are not under proper protection-I was accused and arrested for taking bribe from someone I granted an interview. The physical brutalities and the emotional trauma I experienced in the hands of the police was unbearable all In the name of helping the country to succeed”. He recounted
He further said, GIBA, PRINPAG and GJA have issued a communique calling for an independent body to investigate the unfair treatment meted out to Caleb Kudah to ensure the safety and protection of Journalists.
He charged Journalists to do their job to help build better Ghana without fear and intimation.
By Odoom Lawrence