The Volta Regional Secretary of the National Democratic Congresss (NDC), Hon. James Gunu, has urged Ghanaians, especially journalists to take advantage of the World Press Freedom Day, which is been celebrated across the globe, to demand justice for the murder of Ahmed Suale.
In a Communique sighted by InsiderGh.com, Hon. Gunu stressed on the need for Ghanaian journalists to push for justice for their colleague Ahmed HUSSEIN-SUALE of “Tiger Eye” investigation, and push for the opening of all shuttered media houses.
According to him, “hundreds of journalists and families have lost their livelihood due to the closure of these media houses.”
Below is the full statement from Hon. James Gunu
USE PRESS FREEDOM DAY TO DEMAND JUSTICE FOR AHMED SUALE AND OPENING OF SHUTTERED MEDIA HOUSES
Today, May 3, 2021 is International Press Freedom Day, and I expect Ghanaian journalists to be on the streets by now demonstrating to demand justice for their colleague Ahmed HUSSEIN-SUALE of “Tiger Eye” investigation and push for the opening of all shuttered media houses. Hundreds of journalists and families have lost their livelihood due to the closure of the media houses while Ahmed HUSSEIN-SUALE was murdered on January 16, 2019.
Press Freedom Day is celebrated every year to ensure the protection and safety of the press in the face of attacks against its independence, to discuss journalistic ethics and to celebrate journalists who gave their lives in the pursuit of truth. World Press Day remind us that many publications and their editors and reporters are often prevented from doing their jobs, censored and banned. Many get imprisoned or killed even.
The theme for World Press Day 2021 is “Information as a Public Good”. As the fourth pillar of democracy, the press – its reporters, editors and photographers – have always risked their reputations and lives for the truth behind events. Such tasks require a degree of freedom which is guaranteed by the constitutions of democratic nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly declared May 3 as the World Press Freedom Day. The declaration came after a recommendation made in 1991 at the twenty-sixth General Conference session of UNESCO. It also came as a result of 1991 Windhoek Declaration; a statement which was produced by African journalists about press freedom, presented at a seminar held by UNESCO, which concluded on May 3.
Congratulations to all the objective Journalists in the volta region, Ghana and beyond. Long live the inky fraternity and long live Ghana.
NDC Volta Regional Secretary