Even though the type of journalism which was practiced by murdered investigative journalist Ahmed Hessein Suale placed him at a higher security risk, the fact still remains that journalists in Ghana face a lot of risk in their line of duty.
Whilst the safety of journalists has been a recurrent matter in the nation's discussions, the murder of Ahmed Suale and the failure of security agencies in the country to find the perpetrators a year on after the crime gives extra room to question the safety of journalists in the country.
It is in line with this that a journalist with the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, Chief Moomen has shared the traumatic experience he has had to endure following the gruesome murder of Ahmed Hussein Suale.
Speaking as the moderator of the one year anniversary marking the death of Ahmed Suale, Chief Moomen said the murder which was carried out by unidentified gunmen on a motorbike who shot the journalist three times when he was driving to his family house brings him fears anytime he is also driving and a motorbike appears behind him, especially at night.
“After the murder of Ahmed Suale I have been through some trauma myself. Anytime I am driving, especially at night and a motorbike is following me from behind there are always some fears that I entertain. I don’t know if other journalists go through the same but I have been traumatised by that singular act.”
His revelation came after the President of the Ghana Journalists Association, Dr Affail Monney, who also spoke at the anniversary had called for the need to intensify the search for the killers of Ahmed Suale and fast-track their prosecution to serve as a message on the nations commitment in fighting crime against journalism.
In relation to the investigations, the Public Relations officer of the Ghana Police Service, DSP Juliana Obeng in a speech at the anniversary said “tremendous progress” has been in the investigations into the murder.
“A lot of information has been gathered and I say at this moment on behalf of the Ghana Police Service that tremendous progress has been made on the case.”
Whilst refusing to give details on the level of progress made, DSP Obeng assured that vigorous investigations are still ongoing and the police service remains bent on serving justice on the matter.
She urged stakeholders including family, the media and the general public to volunteer ‘timely’ and ‘accurate’ information that will prove vital to the investigations.
Ahmed Hussein Suale, a core member of Tiger Eye Private Investigative firm lead by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, was shot by gunmen on a motorbike whilst driving to his family house at Madina.
A year after the assassination of the Ahmed Suale, persons behind the murder are yet to be identified and brought to justice