NPP must condemn Hajia Fati attack on Journalist – Media analyst
Media analyst, Dr Messan Mawugbe, has called on the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to condemn the attack on a journalist by one of its loyalists, Hajia Fati.
Hajia Fati slapped a Multimedia journalist at the party’s headquarters a day after Ghana hosted World Press Freedom Day.
A communique released after the two-day event, dubbed the Accra Declaration, made a push for journalists in Ghana and elsewhere in the world to be allowed to work without any hindrance.
The journalist, Ohemaa Sakyiwaa Ahwenepa, had been taking a photo of the vociferous woman whose refusal for a party member to pick nomination forms was causing a scene.
Hajia Fati explains she thought the journalist was an onion seller.
More than 72 hours after the attack the party remains silent even though the incident has been condemned by civil society organizations and a section of the public.
Commenting on the incident, Dr Mawugbe, who is the founder and CEO of the Centre for Media Analysis, said: “the NPP, should as a matter of urgency, distance itself from the attack.”
Dr Messan Mawugbe said the latest attack also calls for a new direction in the media landscape to stem the rising cases of attacks on journalists.
He has called for a policy from all political parties on the protection of journalists.
“I think that should be the new trajectory in strengthening and maintaining our democratic processes and dispensations in this country,” he told Joy News.
The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has branded the NPP Headquarters, the scene of the attack, as unsafe for journalists.
"Anything can happen there", Executive Director Suleman Briamah told Joy FM's Newsnight Monday.
The Ghana Journalist Association has said the tough-talking Hajia Fati, an Akufo-Addo loyalist, has a record of assault on journalists. The Association has said it is weighing up legal option to ensure greater respect for journalists.
Another Multimedia Journalist, Latif Iddrisu, is currently nursing a skull fracture after police brutally beat him for asking a police a question that would aid the filing of his story.