Investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni has descended heavily on the President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) for not getting full facts before commenting on the detention of Ghanaian journalist Caleb Kudah.
Roland Affail Monney had faulted Caleb Kudah for breaching the GJA Code of Ethics in going to the premises of the National Security Ministry to film without the required permission.
However, a couple of days after this, Mr Affail Monney issued an apology to Ghanaians and said he did not, at the time of granting the interview, have the full facts of the situation before commenting.
“Unsurprisingly, my condemnation of the office invasion and physical brutalization was muted while my comments on Caleb’s ethical style was tilted and overly highlighted obviously to achieve certain sensational ends,” he told journalists in Accra at a press conference on Friday, May 14.
“As a student of leadership, I have learned that a leader is not afraid to change course when confronted with fresh information which challenges earlier assumptions.”
He added: “I also take note of the righteous indignation and emotional overdrive over the issue.
“I therefore render my sincerest apology for any misimpression created that I was insensitive to the plight of the two journalists but excited about the excesses of the National Security operatives.”
But speaking on The Keypoints on TV3/3FM on Saturday, May 15, the Editor-in-Chief of The Fourth Estate said Mr Affail Monney seemed late to the party anytime journalists are attacked.
Mr Azure Awuni said even on his own volition, he had gathered a few facts about the incident to have an informed opinion on the matter as of close of Tuesday, when the incident happened.
Therefore. for a GJA President not to have the full facts by Wednesday evening when he granted the interview, to Manasseh Azure, was mind-boggling.
He said even Mr Affail Monney has no business leading the GJA because his tenure has expired.
“The GJA, for instance, had to do an election last year and elect a new leadership. For whatever reason, they haven’t done it, so Affail Monney, who is still talking, his tenure expired last November and he had done the two terms. So he has no business even leading us but it is one of them.
“So, we have to address the leadership challenge at the GJA.”
The former Ghana Journalist of the Year also called for empowerment of journalists, bemoaning the remuneration media practitioners receive in Ghana.
For him, there should coordination among media practitioners and the “needless” competition must begin to make way for a unionized front.
Watch a discussion on the arrest of Caleb Kudah from the 12th minute of the video below
• According to Computer Man, COP Kofi Boakye has the capacity to deal with crime-related activities recorded in the country
• He made the appeal while sharing his views on recent crimes witnessed in Ghana
The Founder and Leader of Hope Generation Ministry, Prophet Eric Amponsah, has made a passionate appeal to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to appoint COP Nathan Kofi Boakye as the next Inspector General of Police.
Speaking in an interview with Oman Channel sighted by Ghanaweb, Prophet Amponsah touted the Head of Research and Planning for the Police Service as the only person viable of leading a police service capable of dealing with the recent rise in crimes.
“I will appeal to the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Danwka Akufo-Addo to appoint COP Kofi Boakye as IGP. Maybe COP Kofi Boakye between 2014 and 2016 supervised some arrests in the Ashanti Region which may not have augured well. But the only thing that can make Ghana peaceful and end armed robbery is COP Kofi Boakye. You can mark it on a wall,” Computer Man stated while sharing his view on the recent robbery cases including two separate attacks on bullion vans.
Armed gunmen on Monday, June 14, 2021, attacked a bullion van at Jamestown in Accra.
The robbers after staging the attack in which they made away with some undisclosed amount left dead a police officer who was on escort duty in the attacked van and a trader who was a resident in the vicinity.
On the next Tuesday after the Jamestown attack, another bullion van robbery incident was staged on the Accra -Winneba Road.
Unlike the Jamestown incident, the Accra-Winneba Road attack was unsuccessful as the robbers failed to stop the van despite their firing of several gunshots.
The two broad daylight robbery attacks coupled with other gun-related crimes recorded over the past few weeks has led many Ghanaians to raise concern over the level of security in the country.
Some Security Analyst including Mr Adam Bonaa have called for the resignation of the current Inspector General of Police.
What looked like a romantic father’s day message to her husband, President Nana Akufo-Addo, turned sour as Ghanaian social media users directed their anger on first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo.
She took to social media Sunday to praise her husband on father’s day and expressed how proud she was that Nana Akufo-Addo was working to make things work in the country.
“Over the last four years having watched and prayed for my husband as father of the nation, I have had a close view of the sleepless nights, the countless overstretches and the physical strain to make this country work,” she stated in his article.
Madam Akufo-Addo added, “President Akufo-Addo remains a father we all would be proud of.”
But the above message which was part of her goodwill message to the president has infuriated most Ghanaians who believe the nation is not on the right track, owning to the fact the cost of living is high in the country.
The first lady’s message coincided with an increment in fuel prices across the country– the more reason some Ghanaians descended on her.