Caleb Kudah and Zoe Abu-Baidoo

The Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has called on the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to investigate circumstances leading to the alleged assault on Citi FM’s journalist, Caleb Kudah by operatives of the National Security Ministry.

The Centre, in a statement, condemned the alleged attack on the ‘Back Page’ host and the operatives’ Rambo-style invasion of Citi FM to arrest News Anchor, Zoe Abu-Baidoo.

According to CDD, the operatives disregarded the arrest procedures, as such, breached the human rights of the individuals.

“This incident, which follows numerous other cases of assault on journalists by members of security agencies in the recent past, demonstrates a propensity of law enforcement officers to assault journalists with impunity and complete disregard for rights and freedoms of journalists in the pursuit of their constitutional duty.

“The suggestion that a journalist using surreptitious means to uncover and expose wrongdoing is unethical and therefore warrants brutal assault by National Security operatives is as absurd as it is undemocratic,” the statement read.

The pressure group also highlighted that the operatives who played a role in either the assault or invasion should be dealt with per the law.

“The National Security Ministry, a public institution, cannot be immune to public scrutiny and transparency in its operations.

“The failure of the relevant State institutions to effectively investigate these frequent assaults on journalists and hold the perpetrators accountable demonstrates a growing trend of complete disregard for the rule of law and fundamental human rights.”

CDD-Ghana also said the development undermines press freedom as guaranteed by the constitution.