The Ministry of Information has called on the Ghana Police and other relevant authorities to investigate and prosecute individuals involved in the recent attack on the journalist.
This was issued in a statement released by the ministry regarding the alleged attack on Tamale-based Dagbon FM radio host Abubakari Sadik Gariba.
A video of the incident circulated on social media, showing two of his unidentified attackers confronting and threatening the host. Mr. Gariba eventually left the studio with the attacker.
The victim reported being attacked for criticizing one of his attackers during a live radio broadcast on World Press Freedom Day.
The ministry condemned the attacks in the strongest possible terms, reiterating that attacks on journalists were unacceptable and it was essential to protect Ghana’s reputation as a champion of press freedom.
The ministry went on to stress on the importance of swift and decisive action by law enforcement agencies to prevent similar incidents in the future.
“The Ministry of Information has noted with concern reports of assault on a journalist at Dagbon FM, in Tamale. The Ministry condemns the act and urges the Ghana Police Service and relevant agencies to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators. Attacks on journalists should not be countenanced. Severe and speedy response from law enforcement agencies is necessary to prevent copy-cat acts and maintain Ghana’s status in upholding press freedom,” the Ministry said in a statement.