- The GJA has condemned the treatment of journalists who covered the 59th Independence day celebrations
- The GJA calls it crude and a disrespect to the profession.
- The Association has called on its members to reject such humiliation the next time.
The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) in a statement has condemned the treatment meted out to journalists who covered the 59th Independence Day celebrations.
In a statement signed its General Secretary, Dave Agbenu, it described the incident as “demeaning and crude.” The statement added that the association has strong reservations with the organizers of the event, especially those in charge of media relations for the parade.
The statement condemned the way photojournalists were made to climb into the bucket of a tipper truck with a monkey ladder, just to cover the event. The association described the act as most demeaning but crude, especially when the rough arrangement was carried out in the full glare of foreign guests. This it added showed lack of respect for local media personnel.
The statement further added that the act portrayed a continuous lack of concern for the safety and security of media personnel in their line of duty. It questioned why those in charge of media relations for the event did not simply consider erecting a riser for the local photojournalists, both male and females, just as they had done for their foreign counterparts?
The statement by the GJA ended with a call on all media personnel to resist any such arrangement they consider a danger to their life and inimical to their operations, security and safety. The statement also suggested for stakeholders to be consulted on issues that boarder on their operations in the planning of future national events.
Some journalists had the shock of their lives when they were packed in the bucket of a Tipper Truck to act as 'Risers' to cover the 59th Independence Day Parade at the Black Star Square on Sunday.Some journalists took to Facebook to register their displeasure over the “worrying spectacle” on behalf of their colleagues at the parade grounds.
The Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association was the first to condemn the treatment describing it as unfortunate.