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Journalists call for special protection

BY: Mabel Faith Tannor
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A number of journalists in Accra have called on security agencies to give special protection to journalists who have committed themselves to investigative issues in the country.

The call follows the assassination of Ahmed Hussein-Suale, an undercover journalist with Anas Aremeyaw Anas' Tiger Eye Private Investigative company.

In an interview with Graphic Online, a Class 91.3 FM journalist, Bless Atuga appealed to the security agencies to give special protection to persons who have committed themselves to investigative journalism.

He also encouraged journalists to rededicate themselves to their chosen profession and not to be discouraged by the sad development, saying Ghana needs them to be more committed in doing their work.

According to The Ghanaian Times journalist, Cliff Ekuful, he will want to wait for the security agencies to apprehend the culprits and listen to their confession story of why they killed him.

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He said if it is ascertained that the murder was as a result of Ahmed Hussein-Suale's journalistic duties, then it is a direct attack on press freedom.

Joy News reporter Ernest Manu also called on the security agencies to move in swiftly to investigate the matter, so that the freedom journalists enjoy in the country will be upheld and safeguarded.

"The security agency should move in swiftly if the murder is directly as a result of his job, then it puts all of us on edge because it’s been a long time we heard a journalist killed in this manner in the line of duty for a very long time, so we hope that the necessary actions will be taken and that at the end of the day justice will be served."

Ghana news Agency reporter, Akah Mensah Godwin, added that it is barbaric for anyone to attack an investigated journalist.

He further called on all security agencies and even international bodies to see to the matter posing the security of journalists in the country.

“ I believe journalists are partners in development, and over the years we have helped in deepening our democracy, so if you are attacking us, indirectly you are attacking our democracy, and so all the civil organisation, Government and even international community must investigate into this situstion, we should not hide it under our carpet because it is an attack on our democracy.”

The undercover investigator and a key member of Tiger Eye Private Investigation’s team was shot dead Wednesday night at Madina in Accra while driving home by unidentified men riding a motorbike.

The Ghana Journalists Association has called on President Akufo-Addo to personally take interest in unraveling the killers of Ahmed Hussein-Suale.

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