The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) is strongly demanding the arrest of Investigative Journalist, Ahmed Suale’s murderers.
Ahmed Suale was gunned down by unidentified men about 100 metres from his family house following months of threats of violence against him.
But four years later – despite police assurances of progress and two arrests – nobody has been tried or convicted in the journalist’s murder.
According to the GJA, they are “saddened by the deafening silence and lack of action by the state authorities responsible for law enforcement to bring the perpetrators of Ahmed Hussein Suale’s murder to book.”
According to them, it is unacceptable that four years since the heinous crime, the perpetrators “remain an enigma and are walking free.”
“In spite of the incessant calls by the GJA, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) among others for the killers to be arrested and prosecuted, no concrete progress has been made by the security institutions,” the GJA bemoaned.
The GJA has described the failure of the security agencies to locate and arrest the murderers of Ahmed Suale as “a blot on the security agencies.”
“We therefore call on them to expedite action on the case,” the Association added.
The GJA further stated that “the murder of Ahmed and all journalists who have been attacked in the line of duty, leave sour impressions on the minds of many practitioners. Some have been cowed and are no longer daring enough to pursue investigative journalism. The GJA hereby encourages all Investigative Journalists to continue to do their work in the interest of the State.”
Meanwhile, it has reassured the family of Ahmed Suale and all other journalists who have suffered violence in the course of their duty that “the GJA stands with them in this trying moment and will continue to ensure that justice is served in the interest of the family of Ahmed Suale and the nation by pushing for closure to the case.”
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