MFWA calls on duty bearers to ensure justice for victimised journalists


    Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa, Sulemana Braimah
    Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa, Sulemana Braimah

    The Media Foundation for West Africa has entreated duty bearers to ensure justice for journalists who have been abused or victimised in the line of duty.

    His comments come on the back of a call by the Attorney General, Godfred Dame, to the Inspector General of Police, James Oppong-Boanuh, to provide an update on investigations into the killing of investigative journalist, Ahmed Hussein-Suale.

    The Executive Director of the foundation, Sulemana Braimah, is hopeful the move will lead to the prosecution of the perpetrators soon.

    “We [MFWA] recently had a discussion amongst ourselves and among the issues we discussed was the incident of Ahmed Suale and the fact that we’re not getting updates. So we think that it’s really in the right direction and commendable that the Attorney General is making this kind of request.”

    “The culture of impunity for crimes against journalists or crimes against any individual isn’t something that we should tolerate. And therefore, those of us in the media fraternity, organisations, and individual newsrooms, we owe an obligation to pursue justice for not just Suale but all journalists who are victims of violations.”

    Donation to universities
    The foundation also donated $10,000 worth of books to nine universities across the country.

    The nine institutions namely, Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), University of Ghana, African University College of Communications (AUCC), University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Central University, Wisconsin University College, Valley View University (VVU), and the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) were selected for their being media training schools or having journalism/media/communication departments.

    Each of the schools received about 150 copies of over 40 different publications which cover topical issues such as freedom of expression rights, safety of journalists, right to information and legal frameworks, amongst others.

    The move forms part of the Foundation’s contribution to the training of students in the fields of journalism, communications, and human rights.