The Multimedia Group pushes for justice for assaulted reporter

The Multimedia Group pushes for justice for assaulted reporter
Source: Ghana| | Abubakar Ibrahim
Date: 09-04-2018 Time: 05:04:51:pm
Latif Iddrisu

The Multimedia Group says it will push for justice for its reporter who has suffered a fractured skull following an assault by the police.

After four X-Ray examinations and a CT scan, doctors have concluded that Joy News’ Latif Idrissu has a fractured skull.

Mr Iddrisu sustained fractures to his skull when he was brutalised at the police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarters, where he had gone to report the arrest of Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho.

The reporter disclosed that he has been referred to a consultant neurosurgeon to determine the possibility of a surgery.

“I still have severe pains in my head,” Latif complained speaking to Joy News about his current state of health.

Head of Human Resource at The Multimedia Group, Nana Elegba charged the police to speed up their investigations. 

"I speak on behalf of all those in the media, Latif's family and on behalf of all concerned Ghanaians...we are calling on the police to speed up their investigations into the matter. 

"It has been two weeks and so far nothing has been heard on the matter by way of investigations. We are calling on the state to do everything in its power to bring the perpetrators of this brutal assault to book," he said. 

Mr Elegba also called on all Ghanaians to stop brutalising journalists who are only going about their legitimate job. 

"There have been attacks on journalists by land guards and all kinds of people in the course of their work and that is totally unacceptable...we are calling on all Ghanaians, please put a stop to brutalities to journalists," he observed.

Also commenting on the unfortunate incident, Managing News Editor of Joy News, Elvis Kwashie, said journalist work in tandem with the police and must not be subjected to such treatment. 

"We will keep Ghana Police Service on their toes and make sure that justice is served," he added.

Joy News understands both the Cantonments police and the Intelligence and Professional Standards (PIPS) Unit are still investigating the attack on the innocent journalist.

On Monday, a team of top police officers including the Director-General of Public Affairs, ACP David Eklu, and Director of Operations DCOP, Simon Afeku visited the Joy News offices.

They reassured that the police will get to the bottom of the matter.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Journalists Associations (GJA) has added its voice to calls for the police to speed up its investigations.