Editorial: Call for media blackout on erring politicians is a step in the right direction

The Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) has called for media blackout on the Member of Parliament (MP) for Yendi Constituency, Farouk Aliu Mahama.

The President of the GJA, Albert Kwabena Dwumfour, made this call during a news conference to address the media on attacks of journalists in Accra, this week.

The media blackout on Farouk Mahama is as a result of his attack on the Northern Regional Correspondent of Citi FM, Mohammed Amin Alabira, during the just ended NPP Primaries.

This comes at the back of the same GJA calling for a media blackout on the Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya East, Mavis Hawa Koomson, over an attack on a journalist, over a week ago. It is important to note that some positive result has come out of this action, as Mavis Hawa Koomson has promised to collaborate with the GJA to make sure that the perpetrators are brought to book.

The GJA’s call for a media blackout on Farouk Mahama is in the right direction and underscores the gravity of such actions and the urgent need for accountability in our democratic society.

It is deeply troubling that an elected representative, entrusted with the responsibility of serving the interests of his constituents, would resort to physical violence against a journalist, simply for attempting to carry out his duty. Such behavior not only undermines the principles of press freedom and freedom of expression but also erodes the foundations of democracy.

The GJA’s decision to impose a media blackout on Farouk Mahama would serve as a necessary step to hold public officials accountable for their actions. It sends a clear message that attacks on journalists will not be tolerated and that those responsible must face the consequences for their misconduct. This move also highlights the crucial role of the media in safeguarding democracy and promoting transparency and accountability in governance.

Despite Mavis Hawa Koomson’s promise to collaborate with the GJA, it is important in maintaining the blackout on her, until the perpetrators of the attack are brought to justice. This demonstrates the association’s commitment to upholding the rights and safety of media professionals. It is imperative that political leaders understand that violence and intimidation against journalists will not go unpunished.

As a society, we must stand in solidarity with the GJA and journalists across the country in condemning such acts of aggression and demand justice for the victims. The freedom of the press is a cornerstone of democracy and any attempt to suppress or intimidate journalists must be met with resolute opposition.

The Chronicle stands firmly with the GJA in its call for a media blackout on Farouk Aliu Mahama and urges all stakeholders, including law enforcement agencies and political leaders, to ensure that perpetrators of violence against journalists are held accountable. Only through collective action can we safeguard the principles of democracy and protect the vital role of the media in our society.



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