- The influential journalist has warned there will be consequences if the NPP fails to act
- There are indications that other journalists would join in to punish the NPP
Host of Citi FM’s Citi Breakfast Show, Bernard Koku Avle, has issued an ultimatum to the governing New Patriotic Party with regards to the assault one of their members inflicted on a journalist.
Avle, on his show on Tuesday morning, decried the treatment of journalists in the country. He described as “nonsense” the way party faithfuls are left to go scot free when they misbehave in such manner.
Bernard Avle then warned that if the NPP failed to apologise, sanction and allow the said member to be prosecuted within a week, he was ready to lead a media blackout on the party.
In a case of media blackout, no media coverage would be given to the NPP, at least on Citi FM and their platforms. There are already indications that certain influential members of the Ghanaian media are ready to join in with Avle and Citi FM.
On Friday May 4, a famous member of the New Patriotic Party, Hajia Fati reportedly attacked and punched Ohemaa Sakyiwaa, a reporter with Accra-based Adom FM. The reporter has narrated her story on Joy News TV.
On her part, Hajia Fati has refused to apologise for her actions. She has even gone as far as to mock the reporter and call her an “onion seller”.
It remains to be seen if the New Patriotic Party will be moved to act. Members of the general public are hopeful that the situation is not worsened because they feel this could lead to deepening a culture of impunity.
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