The ministerial committee of enquiry has adjourned proceedings to tomorrow July 6, 2021 at the forenoon after cross-examining the second witness.
Joynew’s Erastus Asare Donkor was the second witness called upon by the committee to assist with information regarding incidents at Ejura-Sekyeremase in the Ashanti region.
The purpose of the committee is to establish the facts in the incidents, punish perpetrators who would be found culpable and also make recommendations that could be implemented to help curb or alleviate the severity of such future occurrence.
It would be recalled that, Erastus Asare Donkor and his cameraman (name not yet established) were on the ground covering the protest the and subsequent brutalities through a live feed for Multimedia.
The renounced journalist gave a thorough account of all happenings from the day he, together with his cameraman arrived at the scene, the protest, through to arrival of the Military, visiting the hospital and subsequently, the family homes of the victims who unfortunately lost their lives.
He also tendered the full and unedited video files through the clerk of the committee to assist same have get a thorough knowledge on what really happened on the ground.
During questioning by the committee members, Vladimir Antwi-Danso, dean of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, lauded him for his bravery in covering the incident and also availing himself to the committee to assist in investigations.
He proceeded to ask him if he likes the job he was doing as a Journalist.
Erastus Asare Donkor grinning responded; “My lord, my wife asks me to quit but I like the job” he concluded with laughter.
Erastus Asare Donkor as fine gentleman, is a good Journalist and obviously love the work he is doing but what would make his beautiful ask him to quit Journalism?
I cannot speculate but I can only guess she is worried about his safety especially when in most instances, he reports from the field.
The committee was not able to play the unedited video because it is a long one but assured the Journalist that, they would watch it in-camera and when they have further questions, they would accordingly invite him.
What I deduce from the wife’s request per that narration of Erastus Asare Donkor is that, she fears for the safety of the husband.
It is very dangerous when you are a journalist on the ground during violent protests like it was recently witnessed in Ejura. A journalist could be attacked by protesters or security either by accident or deliberate. Either ways, I think Journalists should be well protected more especially when covering violent or security related activities.
Journalist must be given protective clothing such as helmets, bulletproof vests, etc so that even if they are not even worried, their families would feel calm.
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