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1. RSF pledges to get to the root of the assualt of Citi News Journalist Kudah


Caleb Kudah & Mrs. Zoe Abu-Baidoo Addo

Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) is an International non- governmental organisation which seeks to help defend freedom of information every day and protect journalist has rear its teeth to bite National Security Operatives of Ghana under the Ministry of National Security which allegedly assaulted Citi News Journalist Kudah after he was arrested for filming security installation without their consent. Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) is a France-based organisation.

Mrs. Zoe Abu- Baidoo Addo, a colleague Journalist of the same media house was subsequently arrested at the premises of the media house for interrogations and the two were released same day on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Kudah reported that he was assaulted after his arrest.

According the tweet of RSF the organisation wants to play a role in getting to the root of the matter in that fair investigations would be done so that truth so that the necessary sanction(s) meted out.

“The Ministry of National Security said it has initiated a probe into alleged brutality against Caleb Kudah and [arrest of] Zoe Abu-Baidoo Addo. RSF will make sure that the investigation on this serious case is carried out effectively.”

However, the Ministry of National Security on Thursday, May 13,2021 had made the public aware that investigations into the allegation are on-going in earnest.

“The Ministry takes with all seriousness, the allegations of manhandling of the two journalists during the interrogation. The Ministry has therefore initiated investigations into the said allegations,” the Ministry said in a statement.

2. Government is committed to”safer environment for journalists to work in”-Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

The reactions of the Ministry of Information headed by Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah says that they were unhappy about the incidence and that the ministry has masterminded the establishment of National Media Commission whose mandate was to look into some of these things involving the work of journalist and the media at large.

The Minister of Information says he has made formal complaint to the National Media Commission to investigate the case.

Mr. Oppong Nkrumah said his Ministry had noted the incident “with worry because it doesn’t reflect how anybody, be it a citizen or journalist, ought to be treated as part of an interrogation.”

He added that the government was “doing some work to provide a safer environment for journalists to work in.”

“We recently just set up an office for them [National Media Commission] principally for the promotion of the safety of journalists,” he noted.

Though Citi FM has not made a complaint to the National Media Commission, Mr. Oppong Nkrumah said he had told the NMC “to get into this matter and be complementary in resolving it.”

“This is exactly why we have supported the NMC [National Media Commission] to set up an independent office that can even follow up and track all these outstanding investigations or interventions and ensure that the necessary resolution is brought to them,” Mr. Oppong Nkrumah explained.

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