GJA condemns attack on Graphic journalist

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By Lorlornyofm August 6, 2019 10:52

GJA condemns attack on Graphic journalist

The Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) has condemned an attack on a journalist with the state-owned newspaper, Daily Graphic.

According to the Daily Graphic, the journalist, Ms Della Russell Ocloo was allegedly manhandled by some congregants of the Glorious Way Church at Sakumono, founded by Prophet Badu Kobi.

The incident happened when the journalist went to the church on Sunday, 4 August 2019 to cover a demonstration by some women against Prophet Kobi for comments he made against Ewe, Fanti and Asante women.

Ms Ocloo is said to have taken a video of the congregants kneeling and holding the shoes of Prophet Kobi for him to bless them during the service.

Some of congregants allegedly rained insults on her and threatened to beat her if she did not delete the said video. They called the police on her and she was subsequently whisked away to the police station.

Reacting to this incident, members of GJA in the Tema region in a statement said: “We consider the attempt by the church members to attack her reprehensible and uncivilized way of addressing such a case in a democratic dispensation.

“Mob injustice has been a grave cancer wreaking havoc on innocent lives and so for members of a church professing to be worshipers of a merciful and forgiving God to engage in an act as narrated by the journalist can at best be described as unchristian, ungodly and an affront to the Holy word of God.”

The Association has called for a full investigation into the case as it has been alleged that the police detained the journalist for hours and seized her phone.

Below is the full statement:

TEMA REGIONAL GJA CONDEMNS ATTACK ON GRAPHIC REPORTER AND DEMANDS INVESTIGATION INTO THE CASE.

The Ghana Journalists Association, GJA has received with pain in our hearts and afflictions to our souls another attack on a journalist who was on her constitutionally permitted duty in the interest of the nation.

Della Russell Ocloo, Tema Regional Correspondent of the Graphic Communications Group Limited was on Sunday 4th August 2019, allegedly attacked and molested by some agitated members of the Glorious Way Church pastored by embattled Prophet Badu Kobi at Sakumono in the Tema West Municipality.

According to Della, she went to the church to follow up on a protest march by members of the 1000 Women’s March in a bid to find out the Pastor’s reaction to the backlash flowing from his denigrating comments against Asante, Fante and Ewe women.

We consider the attempt by the church members to attack her reprehensible and uncivilized way of addressing such a case in a democratic dispensation.

Mob injustice has been a grave cancer wreaking havoc on innocent lives and so for members of a church professing to be worshipers of a merciful and forgiving God to engage in an act as narrated by the journalist can at best be described as unchristian, ungodly and an affront to the Holy word of God.

We urge the Christian Community, Christian Council of Ghana, the Pentecostal and Charismatic Groupings to call Pastor Badu Kobi and his congregation to order and guide them to the narrow path of righteousness.

What even pierced the soul of the GJA is the harrowing attempt by a woman of the church to use a club fixed with nails to attack Della.

The Association in Tema is sad that despite numerous efforts with stakeholders and appeals to citizens to end attacks on journalists the dastardly act stills persist.

The conduct of the police personnel to the scene also leaves much to be desired.

We are constantly reminded of the phrase “the police is your friend”. However the practice on the ground in terms of police-civilians relations is nothing to be proud of.

Why should the police struggle with a harmless lady to seize her phone and bag? Why was she forced to write a statement when she was insisting on having her lawyer present before such an action?

We condemn the attempted attack on Della and call for a full investigation into the case.

GJA wants to know the role of the police in the entire narrative and why personnel were unprofessional in handling the case. What informed the police decision to detain the reporter? The Association demands answers.

The GJA hereby encourage journalists to be safety conscious in the performance of their duties.

SIGNED
Dominic Hlordzi
Tema GJA Chairman

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM

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