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NO JOURNALIST SHOULD BE PENALIZED FOR PUBLISHING HIS OR HER OWN OPINION – AFFAIL MONNEY PROTESTS

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Mr. Affail Monney, President of the Ghana Journalists association has described the recent arrest of the editor in chief of the whatsapp newspaper, Mr. David Tamakloe as a shame to the entire journalism fraternity and Ghana as a country.

In an interview on Green FM’s Anopa Bosuo, Mr. Affail Monney expressed that it is outrageous to penalize a journalist for publishing his own opinion.

“I think this is a shame to the media and our democracy as a nation.” He said

According to him, article 15 of the 1992 constitution states that the right of an individual will not be invaluable. And this means that the rights of an individual shall not be trampled upon. “This means that an individual’s right will not be like a doormat which we can step on at any time.” He explained.

Mr. Affail Monney is of the view that our freedom matters as individuals and especially journalist who provide information to the people of Ghana.

While condemning the act, Mr. Affail Monney stated that, anyone who touches a member of the Ghana Journalists association has touched the entire institution and will have the entire association to deal with. He is of the view that the circumstances leading to Mr. Tamakloes arrest does not foster an individual’s freedom and further development.

“These things do not foster development…such things should not be happening especially as we near elections. I want to tell Tamakloe that all journalists are rallying solidly behind him. He stressed.

Mr. Affail Monney further into the discussion stated that he had spoken to the Inspector General Of Police who had explained to him that the police acted on a bench warrant and in effect cannot disclose or comment on the issue because the case is in court.

He finally urged all Journalists to exhibit strong ethics as they carry out their duties in the country especially as we near the 2020 General Elections.

Meanwhile, Mr. David Tamakloe has been granted bail pending his court and is to reappear before court on October 22,2020. Written by: Naa Oshedu Lois/ greenfmonline.com

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