Press Statement: Public Enquiry into Ejura Unrest
We are monitoring the probe into the Ejura Unrest and want to express our dismay and disappointment at the witness’ attempt to put the media on trial.
United Press for Development Network (UPDN) and Concerned Youth of Ghana (CYG) condemn in no uncertain terms, the unethical and unprofessional conduct by the security officials during the Ejura Unrest and the subsequent attempt to blame the media as the cause of the unrest and the killing of two protestors.
It is the duty of every Journalist worth his salt to cover news for public consumption without fear or favour, and Multimedia’s video coverage of the Ejura protests do not in any way violate media laws/ethics or the laws of Ghana and is not the cause of the protests nor what killed two people shot in the aftermath of the burial of Maacho Kaaka.
We condemn the Military and Police’s attempt to blame media reportage as the cause of youth agitations and unrest in Ejura.
The argument that Maacho Kaaka was no member of FixtheCountry is also something we disagree with.
FixtheCountry does not have membership cards and anybody who highlights issues in their communities and calls on the relevant authority to find solutions to them by default is someone who wants the country fixed.
UPDN and CYG respectfully appeals to the Commission of Inquiry into the Ejura unrest to not allow its platform to be used in a vendetta against journalists and the media as a whole in Ghana.
The media is in no way the cause of KaaaKa Macho’s death and neither is it responsible for the reckless murder of two young protestors.
Justice for the three patriots of Ejura is non-negotiable.
God Bless Our Homeland Ghana.
David Albert Quainoo
Kofi Asante Mensah