We are only trying to ensure responsible journalism – Police explains rampaging arrests of journalists

We are only trying to ensure responsible journalism – Police explains rampaging arrests of journalists

Following the recent arrests of some media practitioners in the country, the Police has come out to clarify that it is not instilling fear into media practitioners and preventing them from doing their work.

The Ghana Police Service through its Director of Public Affairs  ACP Kwesi Ofori explained that what the police seeks is responsible journalism in the country.

“The Police is not doing anything to put fear into the media or to prevent the media in its operations. All that we are saying is that the journalists must be responsible, should make sure that things put out are in line with good practices,” he told Accra based Citi on Monday, February 14.

The Police were criticized for apprehending journalists including Accra FM’s Bobie Ansah and Media General’s Captain Smart for utterances they made in the line with their duties.

So for, three Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), IMANI Africa and Africa Center for International Law & Accountability (ACILA) expressed concerns about what they believed was the subtle re-introduction of the abolished Criminal Libel Law in Ghana.

“We are deeply troubled by the growing use of the prosecutorial and judicial power of the State to punish criminally speech that allegedly falsely injures or damages the reputation of other persons or of an institution of State.

“Instructively, during the heyday of the criminal libel law in the 1990s, the criminal law was used in precisely the way it is now being used: to prosecute and punish journalists and public speakers for allegedly false or defamatory statements against certain family members or associates of the President,” a statement issued by the three CSOs said.

By: Stella Annan | myactiveonline.com Twitter @activetvgh

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