Social commentator, experienced investigative journalist, and former staff of Multimedia Group, Manasseh Azure Awuni has been reiterating why he and his colleagues are somewhat unsafe under the current political regime.
According to the journalist cum author, there are various instances to buttress his claims since many of his colleagues have also cited the same concerns over the period of time.
During the 2020 Baah-Wiredu Memorial Lecture, the freelance journalist had a lot to say with supporting scenarios with regards to why most journalists are supposedly afraid of their own lives and other pressing issues surrounding the journalistic work.
In the said speech, Manasseh Azure Awuni said this about the current fate of journalists;
***THE COLD FACTS!
“The threat facing investigative journalists in Ghana is enormous. It has always been there, but it has heightened in the past four years because the body language of the Akufo-Addo administration is that of viciousness and intolerance.
“I have never felt so unsafe as a journalist and many of my colleagues share safety concerns because of recent events.
“In 2019, Emmanuel Dogbevi, an investigative journalist and founder of Ghana Business News told Forbidden Stories, an international non-profit working for the safety of journalists that “I don’t feel very safe, especially since this government came to power.”
“You would recall that in the period of this administration, a leading member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) put a photograph of an undercover investigative agent on television, told his audience that the man lived in Madina and that whoever saw him should attack him.
“This was after the Number 12 investigative documentary led by Anas Aremeyaw Anas. Ahmed Suale was later shot and killed in Madina and up to date, nobody has lost sleep over that gruesome murder.
“The government has not given us any evidence to justify why gun-wielding operatives of the National Security stormed the offices of modernghana.com and harassed the journalists there.
“The operatives seized the phones, computers, and other gadgets of the media house. They also arrested, detained, and allegedly tortured two of their journalists.
“According to the journalists, they were questioned about negative stories they had published about a minister of state. To date, nothing has happened to anybody.
“In December 2019, some foreign ambassadors said they had observed with concern, how individuals fighting against corruption in Ghana were being fought.
“Recently, civil society organisations were called dumb, all-knowing, and had their integrity questioned because they dared to criticize the Agyapa deal.
“The Auditor-General, who is the only public officer known to be making real impact in the fight against corruption was hounded out of office by the President.”
–Manasseh Azure Awuni, 2020 Baah-Wiredu Memorial Lecture***
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