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In the late hours of Tuesday, May 11, 2021, National Security operatives stormed the premises of Citi FM to pick up one of the media house's journalists named Ms. Zoe Abu-Baidoo. Caleb Kudah, another journalist of the media house was also arrested by the security operatives. Caleb's offense was filming security installations within the precincts of the Ministry of National Security. Zoe's was receiving the photos of the security zone sent by Caleb. The two journalists were then subjected to interrogations by the security operatives and were later released.
In an interview with Emefa Apawu of Joy FM, Mr. Roland Affail Monney, President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) commented on the issue concerning the arrest of these journalists. In his statement, he said Caleb had breached the code of ethics of GJA and his interest for filming within the security zone was not clear. He wondered whether Caleb's intentions was in the public interest or not. He faulted the affected journalist for going against the laws of the land and that of GJA by filming in a "no-photography" zone (security zone). He condemned the acts of the National Security operatives and expressed his sympathy to the affected journalist.
Many other journalists didn't agree with the president's comment about Caleb committing an offense and expressed their views on such comments passed by the president. A popular investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni is one of the journalists who disagreed with the president and said the president had failed to protect journalists in recent times. Some executives within the Ghana Journalists Association also condemned the statements of the president.
Recently in a press conference held on Friday, May 14, 2021, Mr. Affail Money rendered an apology for the comments he passed; thus faulting Caleb for filming within the security zone. In his statement he said, he did not have enough facts or information but he unwillingly commented about the issue.
In his statement, he said he took notice of all the concerns raised by his fellow colleagues in the field and other concerned individuals about the issue, hence his apology.
He added that he has learnt not be afraid as a leader and to change course when new information are presented and such information is not in agreement with their earlier assumptions made.
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