By Diana A. Kodie
The executives of the inky fraternity, Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has called for thorough investigation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Intergration and Ghana Police Service into the allleged deportation of journalists from Australia.
The purported journalists, who were about 50 in all, were said to have travelled to Australia ahead of the Commonwealth Games, for coverage.
In a news release signed by the President of GJA, Affail Monney and copied to The Chronicle, the over 50 journalists were deported yesterday April 4, ahead of the opening games in Australia.
According to the release, reports indicate that the Australian authorities were not convinced about the mission of the said Ghanaian journalists, in their country.
He said, although the deported journalists said they had genuine visas, many of them did not carry the recommended equipment for the coverage of such a sporting event.
The governing body of journalists categorically stated, however, that it did not know the identity of the said journalists, neither is it aware of their mission in Australia.
“Although Ghanaian journalists travelling outside the country for official events are not obliged to inform the GJA about their assignments, it is quite strange that the GJA is not aware of the identity of the deportees, including the media institutions they claim to represent,” the statement went on to say.
The GJA is by this, of a firm belief that, the deportation of the alleged journalists from Australia has the tendency of soiling the hard-earned reputation of Ghanaian journalists.
“For this reason, we call on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, police and other relevant institutions to thoroughly investigate the matter, in order to establish the true identity of the deportees for the purposes of redeeming the image of Ghana and Ghanaian journalists,” it said.
GJA has, consequently, cautioned all journalists in the country with the intention of travelling outside the country for official assignments to follow the requisite protocols of the host countries and event organisers to avoid future occurence or seek assistance from the body.