WAJA Renews Calls for Justice in Journalist’s Death

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WAJA President Peter Quaqua

The West African Journalists Association (WAJA) is demanding the government of Ghana to speedily investigate the death of Journalist Ahmed Suale.

The lifeless body of a creative, brilliant, and investigative Journalist Suale was discovered on January 16, 2019.

According to WAJA, since two years after the life of Journalist Suale was violently ended by enemies of freedom and truth, surprisingly there has been nobody punished by the state for said crime.

WAJA in a press release said, “Today, WAJA joins its affiliate, the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) in marking the second anniversary of the willful killing of the late comrade Ahmed and renews calls for justice to be served.”

“The circumstances and events leading to the shooting to death of Ahmed are well documented. How is it possible that the gentleman who is thought to have ordered and/or encouraged his killing on television, Member of Parliament, Kennedy Agyapong is still a free man and even enjoying taxes of the Ghanaian people?” WAJA questioned.

The West African Journalists group said Agyapong was heard in a TV broadcast on May 30, 2018 that went viral, inciting violence against the journalist.

WAJA quoted Agyapong saying, “I am telling you, beat him; whatever happens, I will pay because he is bad.”

The group said with such a statement; the government failed to protect the journalist thus resulting in his death, adding that they have also refused to hold the lawmaker accountable for the death of the late Suale which promotes impunity.

“The deliberate killing of journalists in relation to their work MUST be treated as a ‘crime against humanity’ if we are to succeed in our fight for the safety and protection of journalists. Why are politicians treated differently when they are accused of crimes?” WAJA wondered.

WAJA said they are of the view that heads of state should be held responsible for attacks on journalists if they failed to investigate and bring the perpetrators of these heinous crimes to justice.

“It does not make sense that journalists are subjects of assault, torture, imprisonment and killing for simply doing their job while political leaders allow those crimes go unpunished; this is an obvious complicity,” the WAJA release said.

As Chairperson of the ECOWAS, WAJA called Nana Akufo-Addo, Ghanaian President, not to sweep this unresolved crime because no matter how long he tries to ignore the killing of Journalist Suale, the scar left in the enviable record set by Ghana as the highest performing country on the press freedom index in the region will never be removed. 

However, WAJA encouraged journalists to remain fearless and steadfast in the discharge of their duties and to refuse being cowed into submission.

“You are the guarantors of the democratic process. Not even the threats and attacks you get during elections should scare you away. Be the journalist you are for the public good by giving your platforms for healthy political debates. Yours is to always stay professional in all that you say, write and do, especially with the truth,” WAJA said.

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