The Volta Regional branch of the Ghana Journalists Association (
GJA) has urged media practitioners covering the Oti referendum to be circumspect in their repoartage but should not be intimidated .
The police on Thursday said they have picked intelligence suggesting that persons opposed to the creation of the region have planned to disrupt the referendum.
The police therefore urged the journalists within the Oti area to be extra vigilant in carrying out their duties.
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The GJA's press
It said the alleged threats from the Joint Consultative Committee and the locals were an act of intimidation and a means to muscle out the media from playing its watchdog role mandated by the 1992 Constitution.
“It is our advice that tendencies that could set bad precedents
Below is a copy of the full statement
OTI REFERENDUM AND MEDIA CURFEW
The Ghana Journalists Association (
The Police’s argument of picking intelligence that the Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) on the creation of Oti Region and the locals were uncomfortable with unknown faces, including the media observing and covering the polls and could attack them, is welcome.
The country is also noted to have undertaken a number of major national elections and survived predictions of threats and violence unscathed.
We, therefore see the alleged threats from the JCC and the locals, detractive, an act of intimidation and a means to muscle out the media from playing its watchdog role mandated by the 1992 Constitution.
It is our advice that tendencies that could set bad precedents
By this statement, the Association urges media practitioners covering the Oti referendum to be highly professional, conscious of their safety but not be intimidated.
God bless our homeland Ghana and make her great and strong.
A.B Kafui Kanyi
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