UN experts want Ghana to ensure justice for murdered journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale

UN experts want Ghana to ensure justice for murdered journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale

United Nation (UN) Human Right experts have called on the government of Ghana to ensure an independent, prompt and transparent investigation into the killing of journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale.

Hussein-Suale was killed in a cold blood by unknown assailants on January 16, 2019 in Madina, Accra.

UN experts want Ghana to ensure justice for murdered journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale

The late Ahmed Hussein-Suale (Photo credit: Facebook)
Source: UGC

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He was shot three times, twice in the chest and another in the neck.

As investigation into the killing of Hussein-Suale has started, the UN Human Right experts in a press statement said:

We call on the authorities in Ghana to ensure that the perpetrators of this terrible crime are brought to justice. If a climate of impunity is permitted to prosper in the face of attacks on journalists around the world, we can expect this trend to proliferate, with disastrous consequences for press and media freedom globally."

In a series of television interviews on 29 and 30 May 2018, a member of the Ghanaian parliament, Kennedy Agyapong, revealed Mr. Hussein-Suale’s identity and called on the public to attack him. He also gave information on the neighbourhood where Mr. Hussein-Suale lived.

When political leaders brand journalists as ‘evil’ or ‘dangerous’, they incite hostility towards them and denigrate their work in the eyes of the public. Such statements have a direct impact on journalists’ safety and create a hazardous working environment for them,” the experts said.

We urge the Government to ensure that any investigation into Mr. Hussein-Suale’s death includes due analysis of the impact of Mr. Agyapong’s actions and any role that they may have played in the killing of Mr. Hussein-Suale.”

Hussein-Suale’s death comes amid an increase in recent years in the number of journalists being murdered worldwide. Dozens were killed in 2018, including Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Meanwhile, six persons have been arrested over the death of murder of investigative journalist, Ahmed Hussein-Suale, the police have confirmed.

The Director General of Police Public Affairs ACP David Senanu Eklu confirmed the arrest on Thursday, February 7, 2019, stating that the suspects were interrogated and placed on bail.

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