The Brong-Ahafo Regional Branch of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has condemned the fraudulent behaviour of one Emmanuel Ankamah, who claims to be the regional correspondent of Metro TV.
In a statement signed by its Regional Chairman, Ian Motey, the GJA said it had learnt with dismay, the unethical behaviour of Ankamah, who had gone to the offices of some district assemblies, especially, in the rural areas, and defrauded them.
The Brong-Ahafo GJA stated that it had received numerous complaints that the said Ankamah took huge sums of money, claiming he would produce documentaries on the assemblies’ activities and projects, whilst promising the District Chief Executives of such assemblies that those documentaries would be aired on Metro TV, but that never happened.
Several state organisations, including the Regional Hospital and non-governmental organisations have also fallen prey to Ankamah’s dubious activities.
The GJA has therefore disassociated itself from the activities of Ankamah, who is not a registered member of the association, however, the GJA, as an umbrella group for journalists in the country responsible for ensuring sound journalistic standards and ethics, cannot sit unconcerned.
According to the GJA, it viewed such a behaviour as not only unethical and an affront to the noble profession, but also criminal, and advised the victims to report the conduct of Ankama to the police for his immediate arrest, and possible prosecution.
The GJA in the Brong-Ahafo Region reminds all media practitioners to do their work with a high sense of dedication and responsibility, without infringing on the rights of individuals and society, the statement noted.