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NPP apologises to journalists for attacks

BY: Sebastian Syme

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has apologised to journalists who were recently attacked in their line of duty by the party’s supporters.

“As partners in the democratic process, the NPP sincerely apologises for any harm inflicted upon any members of the media,” a statement issued by the party in Accra yesterday said.

The statement, signed by the National Chairman, Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, and addressed to the President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), also condemned those acts of violence perpetrated against any citizen, including journalists, and reiterated the party’s call on its followers to remain calm and patient.

It said the NPP recognised the efforts and contributions of journalists to the development of the country and the evolution of democracy.

“We have always appreciated your contribution to the development of this country and the evolution of our democracy. We are counting on you to tell the truth about what happened during the elections as the evidence comes to light and condemn any violent acts that impede you from continuing to do your good work,” the statement said.

The GJA, on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, called on the leadership of the NPP to render an apology to media houses that were attacked by the party’s supporters during the coverage of the December general election.

  “We urge the leadership of the NPP to calm down its supporters and consider rendering an apology to all the affected media houses in the spirit of reconciliation and respect for press freedom,” the GJA had said in a statement issued in Accra.

The statement, signed by the GJA President, Mr Ransford Tetteh, also appealed to “all political parties to educate their supporters on the need to preserve freedom and freedom of expression and restrain their supporters from carrying out such acts of hooliganism and intimidation which undermine democracy”.