Suale murder a blot on Ghana’s image – GJA on World Press Freedom Day

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The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has described the murder of investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein Suale as a blot on Ghana’s image as a beacon of democracy and a champion of press freedom in Africa.

According to the GJA, the lack of progress in bringing persons who assassinated the journalist to account two years after the incident leaves much to be desired.

It called on the security apparatus to expedite investigations into the murder to quickly bring the perpetrators to justice and offer some respite to the family.

GJA Vice President, Mrs. Linda Asante-Agyei, stated these when she addressed a ceremony to mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day at the Ghana International Press Center in Accra on Tuesday.

According to her, the day should be used to celebrate all those who have made contributions to the development of press freedom and to remember those who have suffered injuries or lost their lives in their line of duty as media professionals or in defence of freedom.

“It is for that reason that we on this day remember again Ahmed Hussein Suale, who was shot and killed in cold blood on January 16, 2019. The perpetrators of this heinous crime have still not be found.”

“There is, therefore, an urgent need for the murderers to be brought to justice to assure journalists and media practitioners of their safety,” he said.

The World Press Freedom Day is marked on May 3 each year by the United Nations UNESCO and various international groups, to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and to remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right of freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This year’s event was commemorated under the theme: “30 Years after the Windhoek Declaration: Information as a Public Good.”


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