Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has descended heavily on the Ghana Police Service (GPS) over the recent arrests of some journalists in the country.
His concerns come after the arrest of journalists Captain Smart, Accra FM’s Nana Bobie Ansah, and the incarceration of Power FM’s Oheneba Boamah Bennie who was convicted for contempt of court.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Media Centre in Parliament on Friday 18th February 2022, Mr. Bagbin said the development takes the country back to the dark days of media persecution.
“The allegations of misreporting, allegations that can be considered as misdemeanors you proceed to arrest the person hijack the person by the dress the got the person into cells. That belongs to yesteryears not today. Those who know the writings of journalists when it offends them, know what to do. They have recourse to the law. Those are civil matters they are not criminal, I’m not for a moment holding brief for irresponsible and unprofessional conduct of journalists.
He added, “I am simply saying that there is a cure in our current legal regime. The tendency on the part of the Police to arrest journalists for what they describe as mistakes is old school. It’s turning this country into the dark ages of media persecution.”
The Police have in recent time arrested some journalists thereby sparking concerns over free speech.
Bagbin believes the act is not the best, especially after the repeal of the Criminal Libel law.