President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Affail Monney, has charged journalists to develop protective instincts in order to safeguard their personal security as the country heads into the December 2020 general elections.
According to him, the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of Ahmed Hussein-Suale and the fact that the perpetrators of this heinous crime have not been apprehended and punished does not obscure the fact that Ghana’s media landscape is still safe for practitioners.
He stressed that though statistics show Ghana, to a large extent, is still safe for media practitioners, the assassination of investigative journalist, Ahmed Suale, casts a certain gloom on the sector and instills mortal fear in journalists.
Speaking to reporters at the 1st Anniversary forum of the assassination of journalist at the Ghana International Press Center, Mr. Monney urged journalists to be mindful of the dangers associated with the industry.
According to him, chasing exclusive news is important as part of the duties of a journalist but stressed safety should be paramount in the line of duty.
He charged journalists to conduct some background checks at places they are invited for programmes to ensure they do not run into traps.
The GJA President appealed to journalists to be wary of politicians, especially during political campaign time because their primary objective is winning power.
“How they get that power is their prime motive and not necessarily you security or welfare. Journalists must therefore by conscious of what could be a danger to them and take extra precaution,” he stated.
Asked whether he trusts the police to apprehend the murderers of Ahmed Suale, Mr. Affail Monney, observed that the GJA will work with the assurances of the Ghana Police Service that it is applying all competences in its investigation.
According to him, assertion by the Police that they have made headway in the murder investigation is a welcome one because the Association does not have any reason to doubt the work of the service.
The Association and all stakeholders, he said, would continue to push for more information in order to be aware of the status of the case and what has been done so far to bring the perpetrators to book.
Brother of Ahmed Suale and spokesperson of the family, Ibrahim Kamilu Tahidu has expressed disappointment in the police investigations.
According to him, it appears the police is not putting in the needed effort to arrest the assailants.
He noted that three days after two police officers were shot in Kasoa, the assailants were apprehended and put before the courts.
He questioned why investigation into the murder of the journalists has taken so long when encouraging leads have been provided to the police.
Today marks exactly one year when Ahmed Suale who worked with Anas Aremeyaw Anas’s Tiger Eye PI was assassinated at Madina in Accra.
Ahmed was gunned down by unknown assailants riding a motorbike and sped off after the crime.
The incident took place six months after the premiering of the Number 12 documentary, an investigative exposé into the Ghana Football Association (GFA).