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Punish soldiers for assauting journalists – GJA

The Ghana Armed Forces has been called on by the Ghana Journalists Association to initiate a probe into the two alleged assault on two journalists by some soldiers.

A statement signed by Mr Yeboah, General Secretary of GJA condemned the alleged assault by some soldiers against Mr Samuel Adobah, a TV Africa Reporter and Mr Yussif Abdul, a correspondent of Deutsche Welle, in line of duty.

According to the statement, Mr Adobah was assaulted by one Damfour, a Soldier at Olebu in the Ga Central Municipality in Accra, where the reporter was said to be covering a fire outbreak on Good Friday.

The second assault is said to be involved by Mr Yussif Abdul at Akrem in the Asokore Mampong in Ashanti Region.
The reporter was also said to be conducting interviews outside Saint Patrick’s Hotel when a soldier known as 2nd Lieutenant Betrot Ampoma assaulted him.

The statement also called on the Military to investigate the two classes for the accused to be dealth with the law.
It also refer to the two assault cases as highly unprofessional and paint the image of the military black.

In addition, the statement also said, ” We find the action of the soldiers unwarranted, arbitrary and barbaric. It is in this light that we urged the Military Authorities to find our the culprit for punishment in order to redeem the image from the harm caused by the unprofessionalism portrayed by these soldiers.

GJA is also finding legal options to find Justice for the assaulted Journalists.

By Kokonsa Hemaa

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