A Media Professional, Mr. Ernest Lartey has described the assassination of a leading member of the Tiger Eye PI team, Ahmed Hussein-Suale, as “inhumane” and “unacceptable”.
Subsequently, he called the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) to action by working with security agencies to do anything possible to unmask the elements behind this assassination and bring them to book.
Ahmed, who is a key partner of the Investigative Journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, was shot by unknown assailants in Madina, a suburb of Accra on Wednesday while he was driving home.
He was shot twice in the chest and once in the neck. Police reports assert that he died on the spot. No personal belongings of Ahmed were stolen, prompting suspicions that it was a targeted murder.
The Security of Journalists
Speaking to the Change Agent Media in an interview in Accra yesterday, Mr. Lartey clarified that the GJA has not done enough when it comes to the protection of Journalists because, the Association has been overly engaged in lip services.
According to the media professional who has worked in several media houses in the Country, the GJA should be the one spearheading the way by rallying journalists to seek responses from the authorities, “why attacks on journalists have not been fully investigated and the perpetrators punished.”
Until this trend is reversed, “it will be a dent on the GJA and the tag that it is toothless will linger.”
Expressing dissatisfaction of the protection of journalists in the country, he noted that it is sketchy when it comes to the protection of Journalists.
He bemoaned that, previous attacks on journalists have not been investigated and resolved by the Security Agencies and this creates the impression that they do not really care about Journalists in the Country.
“Journalist should take their own protection seriously,” Mr. Lartey urged.
Impression of Journalism
Touching on the impression of some Ghanaians about the Profession, he indicated that, some people think journalism is a crime and others undermine the profession because, Investigative Journalism espouses unconventional methods of reporting, by which people feel threatened.
“They feel Journalists are poking their noses into issues which should not be their concern. And that has generated some level of dislike for journalists,” he added.
Advising journalists, Mr. Lartey noted that, holding the ethics of the profession is very fundamental.
Therefore, the ethics should be the benchmark for everything that they do. “Let us not be threatened by our adversaries. Let us keep up with the good work and make sure that we put all duty bearers to work especially the security agencies,” he encouraged.
Doing this, he said, it is the only way, they would feel safe.
Mr. Lartey commiserates with Ahmed’s family on the painful loss and prays for Allah to give them strength to bear the grief.
Editor: Mr. Kwabena Asare Baffour