President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Roland Affail Monney, has been criticised by users of social media for wrongly passing judgement on Citi FM journalist, Caleb Kudah’s filming of vehicles abandoned at the precincts of the National Security Ministry.
Mr Affail Monney in an interview on Joy FM stated that the journalist in question had breached article 13 of the Association’s Code of Ethics for filming at the National Security premises without authorisation.
But in a recent development, the GFA President has retracted his earlier comment stating that information before him at the time of the comment was scanty, resulting in his misjudgment on the matter.
“The information I had before the interview was scanty. What is available now is sufficient, as legal luminaries, distinguished ethicists, and social critics slice and dice the issue from all angles.
“I, therefore, render my sincerest apology for any misimpression created that I was insensitive to the plight of the journalists but excited about the excesses by the National Security operatives. Indeed, those excesses pass for wickedness at its most naked nastiness. And I totally denounce them,” he said.
For some social media users, however, his apology puts a dent on his ability to lead media practitioners in the country.
They also refuse to accept that the GJA President could comment on such a sensitive issue without being properly informed.
Affail Monney needs to resign asap. His poor remarks coupled with other things clearly shows he isn’t the right person to lead the GJA.— Yaw Adjei-Mintah (@YawMintYM) May 14, 2021
In the national interest, Anas used this same method to uncover rots and our president promised he was going to use the ‘Anas principle’ to fight the rot in the society when he wanted power..— Whiskey Lullaby (@TeeMaxi) May 14, 2021
Did Affail Monney at any time tell Anas he was going against Ethics of the profession?
Ah I thought dis man Affail Monney term came to an end somewhere November last year..If so what’s he still doing carrying himself about as president? #JoySMS— A_J (@NyavorJohnAJ) May 14, 2021
Affail Monney dey messop no be today can’t think far why he’s still the president of GJA .— ReaLest Boss ® 🕋 👷 (@Mrpac_TL) May 14, 2021
You see that Affail Monney guy, dude returned the money and came back to his senses! 😂😂..— Kumasi King Kong🇬🇭🤕😎 (@Meek_AA) May 14, 2021
As a senior journalist you can’t say you reacted to what happened to Caleb Kudah’s on ‘scanty information’. Thought journalists are supposed to investigate before reacting? Boi
Affail Monney has failed his colleagues. He has become a puppet in the hands of this govt and prolly observing table manners hence has become selective with his words on the continuous acts of injustice and human rights abuses of citizens and journalists in Ghana. #CitiCBS— 🇺🇸 #FixTheCountry ™ 🇬🇭 (@PrayForGh) May 14, 2021
Affail monney just need a Brain massage .. total Rubbish … Diz country errrrr our Missleaders who claims to be Leaders are our Main problem .. kick his Ass out from that position … #JusticeForCalebKudah #MAD— Nipple 😋🤞 (@AmaNipples) May 14, 2021
The heat Affail Monney is catching? Yes he deserves it 😊— SAMIRA (@mirahmoro) May 14, 2021
Waa look! A whole GJA president and you have no sense not to comment when you don’t have the full picture.— kofi boakye (@mkbjunior) May 14, 2021
As a GJA President, he should’ve all facts before making any assertion 🤔. Interesting times in Ghana 🇬🇭— Blessed Sey (@SeyBlessed) May 14, 2021
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