Akpabli Daniel Yao
The Volta Regional Deputy Coordinator for Ghana Independent Broadcasting Association (GIBA), Mr Akpabli Daniel Yao popularly known as Sir DY who doubles as news editor at Fafaa FM has called on the government and other authorities to handle cases of attacks on journalists as a matter of urgency and not trivial.
According to the Deputy Coordinator, this will go a long way to curtail the rate at which media practitioners are abused in this country since the perpetrators will not go scott free.
“The authorities should attend to these forms of attacks with the urgency they need and not treat them as trivial matters”
Mr Akpabli Daniel’s comment comes after a female reporter from Multimedia was assaulted by the ruling New Patriotic Party faithful, Hajia Fati at the party’s headquarters in Accra on Friday, 4th May, 2018.
In an interview with MyNewsGH.com, Vadze Mensah Divine, the Deputy Coordinator condemned the attack by Hajia Fati a journalist and described it as very unfortunate and must be condemned by all. He stated, he is also a victim of these violent attacks on journalists.
“It’s unfortunate that at this point where Ghana is ranked first in the whole Africa as far as press freedom is taken into cognizant that this is happening. That is not to say that attacks on journalists were not experienced in the past. I was also a victim myself. These attacks must be condemned by all” he stated.
Sir DY suggested the media association should engage policy makers to formulate policies that will desist the general public from abusing Ghanaian journalists in discharging their duties.” The media association should engage the policymakers to see the way forward”
He advises the media houses to come together as one force to ensure their voices are heard on matters of this nature and also implores various media house owners to ensure the security of their employees in other to limit some of these abuses.
Akpabli Daniel Yao further exhorted the media practitioners to be mindful of these violent attacks and observe the ethical principles in their day-to-day activities.
“Media practitioners should also be mindful of these hazards and be professional and ethical in their journalistic endeavors”