The Ministry of Information has noted concern, regarding reports of an attack on Monday, May 16, 2022, on Osofo Blessing a presenter with Benya FM in Elmina.
According to the reports the Ministry of Information received, the presenter was hosting a discussion on the lack of premix fuel and how individuals were benefiting from it to the detriment of fisherfolk.
He is reported to have been physically assaulted by some unnamed men who entered the radio station and disrupted the radio show.
Already, Deputy Minister, Fatima Abubakar has spoken to the manager of the station and the District Police Command, both of whom are working together to investigate the incident and ensure that the suspects are brought to book.
There is no justification for a broadcaster to be assaulted simply for doing his work.
Ministry of Information in their address stated that “an individual or group with a grievance against a broadcaster’s or journalist’s comments, or indeed any individual must allow a legitimate and legal avenue to seek redress, including the right of rejoinder which is guaranteed under Ghana’s 1992 Constitution.”
“The National Media Commission (NMC) and the courts also constitute legitimate institutions to register complaints against media practitioners and companies.”
Where content has the potential to breach security, the police may be informed to take appropriate legal actions.
They added that “the Ministry of information condemns the reported assault in no uncertain terms and urges the police to promptly investigate and prosecute the alleged perpetrators accordingly.”