The Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) has rejected the apology rendered by the President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Roland Affail Monney.

In a statement issued Friday, ASEPA described the apology as mere afterthought and not borne out of any goodwill to promote the interest of journalists in the Country.

“We reject his apology outrightly and use this opportunity to intensify our call for his removal from office Immediately. It is time for him to bow out for the GJA to undertake proper reforms that would promote the interests of Journalists in the Country,” ASEPA reiterated.

According to the Group, Affail Monney’s failure to do due diligence before commenting on the alleged assault of Citi FM’s Caleb Kudah while he was in National Security custody only further displays his “individualist leadership style”.

“As the GJA President, when issues happen, you are expected to wait and get full briefings on the incident, consult the other Executive Members of the GJA and the GJA can collectively issue a statement or take a position on the matter,” the group said in the press statement.

According to ASEPA, Affail Monney will go down in history as the worst GJA President ever and not even an apology will suffice to redeem his image.

“The Group further stated that the tenure of Affail Monney has been nothing to write home about, considering the increasing abuse of journalists in the country and the Association’s nonchalant approach to addressing the disturbing issue.

“A journalist was murdered in cold blood in the Country and till date the GJA under President Affail Monney has not been able to ensure justice for the family of the journalist. Journalists live in continuous fear in the Country and what Mr. Monney is interested in is winning the next elections as GJA President,” the statement read.

It further stated that Affail Monney’s lackluster performance in office has been due to his fear of losing the support of government actors in his next bid as GJA President.

“This is what motivated him to attempt to whitewash the brutal assault of Caleb Kudah by putting the blame at his doorstep,” ASEPA stated.