Attackers of journalists must be punished severely to serve as a deterrent to others- Minister to judges

Do not spare persons who attack journalists in Ghana irrespective of their social status and political affiliations, the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has admonished judges.

The Minister stated that attackers of journalists must be punished to stem the tide of attacks against journalists in the country.

“The wheels of justice may grind slowly, but My Lord Chief Justice, the feedback I have from my media colleagues is that we believe some quick punitive action targeted at the perpetrators of infringements against media practitioners will be appreciated.

“It will be the strongest message to the next batch of state and non-state actors that it is not acceptable to attack journalists no matter how much you disagree with what they say,” the minister, who doubles as MP for Ofoase Ayirebi in the Eastern Region, said.

He was speaking at the opening ceremony of a training workshop for judges on the need to protect freedom of expression and the safety of journalists in Ho on Monday (20 June).

The programme is designed to deepen the capacity of judges in dealing with matters of freedom of expression and the safety of journalists and reinforce their expertise in fighting abuses against journalists by ensuring the prosecution and trial of those responsible for these attacks. The training consists of 25 judges from both the High and Appeal Courts.

Also present at the event was the UNESCO country representative, Abdourahmane Diallo, representative of the Chief Justice, Professor Dominic Dennis Adjei, who is also a Justice of the Court of Appeal as well as other well-known dignitaries.


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