Since 2006, no single security personnel has been prosecuted for the about 25 recorded cases of attacks they have meted out on journalists and other employees of media houses.
Although the perpetrators in some of these cases were identified, the cases were settled sometimes with apologies.
According to a Daily Graphic report, in most cases, no compensation was paid to the victim while the security organisation involved promise to offer better working relations with the media.
Checks by the Daily Graphic have revealed a tall list of about 25 victims, including reporters, photojournalists, station managers and editors, who have been brutally assaulted by soldiers and policemen.
Some of the attacks have left journalists with serious medical conditions. For instance, the Daily Graphic’s Victor Kwawukume has lost his sense of smell as a result of being beaten by the Ho Police while covering a swoop on criminals.
Prominent among these cases is that of Mr Latif Iddrisu, a journalist with the Multimedia Group, who was left with a fractured skull.
But when it comes to prosecution, in some instances the police told the victims that the dockets on their cases were missing, turning the case into what is known as ‘foolish case’.
When contacted, Assistant Commissioner of Police Mr David Eklu, who is the Director-General of the Public Affairs Directorate of the Ghana Police Service, asked for the list of cases to speak to the issue.
In an email response, Mr Eklu wrote: “The list you sent did not indicate whether a complaint was lodged by the victims at any police station. It will be good to know whether that was done to make follow-ups on police action possible.”
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