Investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has called on the government to condemn threats against journalists in the aftermath of the 2020 elections.
Anas also wants security agencies to be proactive in investigating the sources of death threats and arrest persons found to be behind them.
He says that security agencies should not be seen or used to perpetuate any such attacks.
Anas made this call in a statement issued by his organization, Tiger Eye P.I.
“Tiger Eye P.I calls on the government to condemn these threats and careless utterances be it from a lawmaker, a government official or opposition groups, in the strongest terms yet. The security agencies must proactively investigate the sources of death threats and arrest the criminals. The security agencies should not be seen or be used to perpetuate any such attacks or intimidation,” he said.
Anas said that these attacks, when not dealt with will breed impunity in society.
He made reference to the killing of Ahmed Hussein Suale, which happened after he received threats and no actions were taken to counter them.
“Anonymous and open threats when not dealt with breed impunity in our society. Ahmed Hussein Suale was openly threatened by a law maker and nothing happened. The next move was his murder,” he warned.
“It is a terrible thing to practice journalism under conditions such as these, and it is even dangerous when nothing is done, and the perpetrators get to carry out their threats,” he added
At least five journalists in the country have reported threats since the December 7 election.
On Sunday, the Tantra Hills home of Angel FM’s Captain Godsbrain Smart’s was plundered by thieves.
The attackers are said to have left a hand-written note, warning that they would return.
“Captain Smart keep supporting NPP. This is just the start and the beginning. We will come back,” the note read.
Freelance investigative Journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni, has also reported of receiving death threats after publishing an article on the outcome of the 2020 elections.
The article headlined, ‘ERRORtoral Commission and Akufo-Addo’s coup d’état’, discussed the anomalies with the Techiman South parliamentary results and the denial of the people of Santrokfi, Akpafu, Lolobi and Likpe (SALL) areas.
Anas Aremeway Anas has described these attacks as acts smacking of barbarism and backwardness.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | universnewsroom.com