CHRAJ calls on IGP to deal with police who assaulted 3 journalists

CHRAJ calls on IGP to deal with police who assaulted 3 journalists

The Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice has called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to deal with the police officers who assaulted the three journalists.

In a statement released by Joseph Whittal, the CHRAJ Commissioner, the assault incident must be thoroughly investigated and perpetrators dealt with.

CHRAJ calls on IGP to deal with police who assaulted 3 journalists

Joseph Whittal. Source:
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Joseph Whittal also recommended prosecution of these errant police officers in a court of competent jurisdiction and not to put them through administrative service disciplinary inquiry.

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Mr. Whittal lamented about the incident and noted that no amount of anger should have led the police to assault the journalists.

He noted that the action by IGP will serve as a deterrent to others and reassure Ghanaians that police officers are not above the law.

CHRAJ observed the actions involving the use of excessive and unreasonable force by the police is clear evidence of human rights violation which Article 15 (1) and (2) of the 1992 Constitution abhors.

"CHRAJ, has had occasion to caution the Ghana Police Service over and over again to exercise restraint or to be judicious when handling human beings but to no avail," the statement said.

“In this regard, the Commission calls on the Inspector General of Police to conduct thorough investigations into this matter, and on the basis of the findings, crack the whip and deal with the perpetrators of this heinous crime in accordance with the law," CHRAJ demanded.

On Thursday, March 15, 2019, three Ghanaian Times newspaper journalists were assaulted by some police men in Accra central.

The Journalists were reported to have been travelling in their official vehicle to their various assigned venues when they decided to film an accident involving a police officer.

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The police officer was riding an unregistered motorcycle around Kinbu in Accra Central when the accident occurred.

Ten police officers, who were unhappy about the filming and ensuing exchanges between the journalists’ driver and the police motor rider assaulted them.

In an attempt to cease the recording device, the police men pounced on the journalists and beat them mercilessly.

One of the journalists, a lactating mother who had her baby through a cesarean section, was hit in the lower abdomen.

She collapsed, and was rushed to the emergency Unit of the Ridge Hospital while the others were again manhandled by the police.

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