The Executive Director of Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Sulemana Braimah says death threats on journalists should not be taken lightly.
His comment comes after the Chronicles Newspaper Editor, Emmanuel Akli revealed that he has been receiving death threats from an Immigration Officer whom he did a story on.
According to Mr Akli, although the issue was reported to the police in 2019, nothing has been done about it so far.
In reaction to this, Mr Braimah who spoke in an interview on Joy FM’s Midday News described the rate at which media practitioners in the country are being threatened for doing their job as ‘worrying’.
For him, the development goes against the tenets of Press Freedom that has been clearly stipulated in the 1992 Constitution.
“It is worrying because not too long ago, someone who worked in the media had his life taken away and as we speak nothing has happened; no judgment for the family. We don’t know where the investigation has reached so far.
“So yes, it is a worrying development not because the person in context is a journalist, but any individual act all who faces death threat is a matter that should be taken seriously because once you are dead, that is it,” he stressed.
Mr Braimah also commended the Chronicles Newspaper Editor for opening up on the death threaths he has been receiving.
According to him, “at least people now know about it and the perpetrator would know that should anything happen to Mr Akli at this stage, he would be held responsible.”
- Citi FM journalist gained access to National Security premises under false pretences – Chief Director
- I feared for my life so I lied about being an Ewe – Caleb Kudah
- NSMQ 2021: Mfantsipim destroys Adisadel, University Practice and Assin State College to win Central Regional Championship
- Don’t reduce our schools to ideological and religious fighting grounds – Akufo-Addo tells religious leaders
- GPL wrap: Kotoko extend gap at top after Olympics surrender lead
- Dzata Cement denies claims of selling product at ¢30 per bag
- Information Minister visits Citi FM over alleged assault on 2 of its journalists
- Affail Monney beats a retreat and apologises for ‘any misimpression’
- Zoe Abu-Baidoo declined our invitation – National Security defends ‘Rambo-style’ invasion of Citi FM premises
- Caleb Kudah didn’t breach Code of Ethics – GJA General Secretary
Tanitoluwa Adewumi, 10, goes from homeless to national chess master
Ghanaian-German Centre launches podcast on migration and employment
Martin Bashir quits BBC ‘to focus on his health’
Buhari’s son-in-law, 2 others wanted for alleged $65m fraud
NMC Chairman’s position on Kasoa ritual killing
Ordering loophole allows students to eat for free at KFC for six months
Jaden Smith to open restaurant where homeless people can eat for free
Information Minister calls for thorough investigations into alleged assault on Citi FM journalists
Mother of 8-year-old boy without feet calls for support
ADB denies shifting from core business to real estate
CSIR to revive Scientific Instrumentation to take care of faulty equipment
Affail Money apologies for alleging Caleb Kudah breached code of ethics
Boys development advocate calls for global observance of World Day For the Boy
Papa’s Pizza donates boxes of pizza to Chief Imam
Full text: Affail Monney’s apology statement over attack on Citi FM journalists