Journalism is one of the most important professions to ever exist. This is because information is also a necessary requirement for human survival. It is rather unfortunate that the givers of this information, journalists, are mistreated every now and then. Here are 7 journalists that have been brutalized in the last 4 years in Ghana.
7. Caleb Kudah (2021)
Caleb Kudah of Citi FM/TV was recently arrested on the basis that he took pictures and videos of a restricted security zone which happens to be the premises of the National Security. Meanwhile, he did that as a follow-up on a story he did some time ago regarding the abandoned vehicles procured by MASLOC that were only wasting away. He was only performing his duties as a concerned citizen of the country only to be arrested and assaulted by those who were supposed to be protecting citizens. It turns out there is no law against taking photos at security zones. This makes the arrest even more baseless.
6. Stanley Nii Blewu (2020)
Together with a colleague reporter, TV3 reporter Stanley Nii Blewu was assaulted as they covered a sanitation project around the Tema Station area. The attack began following their intention to take pictures of a Police Station close by. His phone and camera were confiscated a few blows and kicks meted out to him. Stanley’s only crime was to perform his duties as a journalist.
5. Joseph Armstrong (2020)
Joseph Armstrong, also of TV3 suffered the same fate as his colleague, Stanley Nii Blewu as they covered a story on a sanitation project in the country’s capital. He got his fair share of the blows and kicks and his items confiscated by the police. This was just because he was performing his journalistic duties.
4. Rebecca Asheley Armah (2020)
Miss Rebecca of Kingdom FM was also harassed and arrested by the Police for innocently taking pictures during the NPP primaries election. This incident occurred at the Homowo electoral area at Tema Manhean. The Police claimed and insisted that journalists were to be granted permission to take pictures before they could do so. Can you imagine?
3. Emmanuel Pacome (Daily Graphic) 2020
And then there are the student attackers! Final years students of Bright Senior High School attacked a WAEC official and invigilators at the exam center during the 2020 WASSCE period. They did this claiming that the invigilation was too strict and hindered them from engaging in malpractices. They did not spare Daily Graphic reporter, Emmanuel Pacome who had gone there to verify the information he had received about ongoing examination malpractices. Unfortunately, he could not perform his journalistic functions and left the premises bloodied.
2. Ahmed Hussein-Suale Divela (2019)
It becomes even scarier when citizens turn against journalists. Ahmed Husein-Suale who worked with Tiger Eye Private Investigations was shot to his death at Madina, a suburb of Accra. This attack was undertaken by two assassins who escaped on a motorcycle right after the shooting. Meanwhile, a few months prior to his death, he feared for his life as people attempted to attack him. Incidents like these make the journalism profession unattractive for upcoming ones.
1. Latif Idris (2018)
Joy FM reporter, Latif Idris met his near-death experience at Police Headquarters four years ago. His only crime was asking a few police officers a question at the supposed wrong time. They had been deployed to disperse a riotous crowd when he asked his question only to be attacked by these officers. He suffered a fractured skull following the brutality.