Journalists’ assault: GJA to file civil case against police

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has served notice it will file a civil case on behalf of three Ghanaian Times reporters who were allegedly assaulted by about 10 police officers.

This, according to the General Secretary, Kofi Yeboah is to ensure such impunity against the media does not recur.

The Ghanaian Times reporter, Raissa Sambo and Malik Suleiman were subjected to brutalities while on their way to their various assignment venues, on March 14, at Kinbu in Accra.

One of the journalists, Malik Suleman was filming an accident involving a police officer riding an unregistered motorcycle.

Angered by the act of filming them, the, about 10 police officers, allegedly pounced on the journalists and physically assaulted them.

Raissa, a lactating mother who had delivered just three months before the incidence, collapsed and was rushed to the Greater Accra Regional (Ridge) Hospital for medical attention.

Malik Suleiman has also been responding to treatment after he was kicked and punched till blood gushed out of his nose.

After incessant calls for justice, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante Apeatu has interdicted three of the police officers involved.

But speaking to the host of Dwaso Nsem, Osei Bonsu, on Adom FM, Thursday, Mr Yeboah while commending the IGP for his action, said the journalists’ body will also press a civil charge against the police officers.

While commending the IGP, Mr Yeboah said his action will not stop the GJA from also seeking justice for its members.


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