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Manasseh, Dr. Ken Ashigbey & Bombande clash with Kennedy Agyapong for threatening Erastus Donkor

On several occasions, most top officials chance on the freedom of speech and expression enshrined in the 1992 Constitution of Ghana to propagate their evil agenda. 

We all thought we have at least transitioned and transformed into a society where people's rights will be respected to the "maximum" standard, but it seems we are retrogressing in our democratic environment. 

When ordinary person commits crime, immediate penality is to given him or her, but when top officials or political icons do the extreme, it is solved on paper, without the necessary sanctions being effected.

This hypocritical attitude is gradually generating anger, divide and lack of respect for those in authority. 

What is more troubling and heartbreaking is that after the assassination of the renowned Ghanaian undercover investigative Journalist, Ahmed Hussein-Suale, the Ghana Police Service has not given any satisfactory, hearthsoothing and substantial detailed information on the case. 

This is how far we have come as a nation - almost all our institutions are getting weak, and eventually, a lot of Ghanaians have lost trust and confidence in them.

Impunity in the Ghanaian Media arena has heightened, even after the death of the aforementioned Journalist.

Recently, the Member of Parliament for Assin Central and Chairman of the Parliamentary Defense and Interior Committee, Hon. Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has threatened a Multimedia Journalist on his Net 2 TV, following the testimony he gave regarding the Ejura brutalization and killing incident before the Committee of Public Inquiry in the Prempeh Assembly Hall, Kumasi, Ghana.

Hon. Kennedy Agyapong emphatically declared a public assault for Erastus Asare Donkor, indicating that if he was a president of Ghana, he would have beaten him mercilessly.

From all indications, there is no prudence in what the Assin Central MP said because even if he was an ordinary citizen, and had faulted, he had no right to threaten him in public.

Meanwhile, Manasseh Azure Awuni, Dr. Kenneth Ashigbey and Emmanuel Bombande, together with other Journalists have strongly condemned such a barbaric statement from the Honourable Member of Parliament.

Though Management of Joy News have summited a Complaint at the CID of the Ghana Police Service, discussions on the matter never stop unfolding.

According to Emmanuel Bombande, Senior Mediation Adviser of United Nations, "There is a double sword edge sword here because the ones who bring to the limelight both nationally and internationally, issues related to the protection of civilians and their Rights are the the Media practitioners. When you threaten them, the international Community takes notice but if the one who threatens them is a decision-maker, the Chair of a Parliamentary Defense and Interior Committee, the international Community takes it at a much serious and higher level, and that is why this becomes a very important issue for discussion"

Bombande further challenged the Government to create an enabling and peaceful environment for all Journalists to execute their tasks without fear or panic.

The Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Telecommunications Chamber, Dr. Kenneth Ashigbey has also emphatically indicated that it is so worrying for Kennedy Agyapong to issue such a life threatening statement against the Multimedia Journalist. He further boldly condemned his act, stating that, "The President does not have the power to beat anybody and the president will not go out to beat anybody."

Meanwhile, Manasseh Azure Awuni (Editor-in-Chief, The Fourth Estate), has also called on all Journalists to come together and fight strongly against the uncontrolled level of threat against the Media Community.

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