Ambassador Kabral Blay-Amihere, Chairman of the NMC
The National Media Commission (NMC) joins a host of institutions and individuals that have condemned the alleged manhandling of Gifty Lawson, a photojournalist of the Daily Guide
newspaper on Thursday by BNI operatives.
The photojournalist is said to have been attacked on the court premises of a Human Rights Court when she attempted taking photographs of the head of the Commercial Crimes Unit of the Police CID, DSP Gifty Mawuenyega Tehoda, who has been in BNI grips for two weeks following the alleged role she played in the cocaine swap.
Since then, the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Mrs Gina Blay of Western Publications – owners of the Daily Guide as well as Nana Oye Lithur, a lawyer and a human rights activist, have all condemned the assault.
The NMC in a media statement on Friday, pointed out that “the wave of attacks on journalists in their line of duty constitutes a grave danger to media freedoms and undermines Ghana’s reputation as a beacon of press freedom and media rights in Africa.”
The NMC chairman, Kabral Blay-Amihere, who signed the statement, has therefore requested the Inspector General of Police to initiate a full investigation into the attack on Ms Lawson.