In a recent case of assault, a journalist from Dagbon FM was attacked in the radio station’s studios in Tamale. The attackers, identified as Hardi Pagazaa and Mumuni Osman, were charged with conspiracy to commit crime, assault, and unlawful entry. On Wednesday, they pleaded guilty to all charges and were convicted by the court. The fourth charge of threat of death was withdrawn by the Prosecution.
As punishment, Pagazaa and Osman were each fined 300 penalty units, amounting to Ghc7,200, to be paid to the State. If they fail to pay the fine, they will serve 18 months in prison. The attack occurred on May 3, when the two assailants entered the radio station and attacked Sadiq Abubakari Gariba, a journalist, while he was presenting his show. The Ghana Journalists Association secured a lawyer for Mr. Gariba, who reported the incident to the police in Tamale.
For the most part, attacks on journalists in Ghana are common, and many perpetrators are never caught. This conviction sends a message to those who would consider assaulting journalists that such behavior will not be tolerated in Ghana. Journalists are a vital part of society, and their freedom to report on important issues must be protected.
It is essential that journalists in Ghana can do their job without fear of reprisals. The government must ensure that the necessary measures are put in place to protect journalists from such attacks. Journalists must also be aware of their rights and the legal recourse available to them in the event of an attack.
In a nutshell, this case serves as a reminder that journalists are an important part of Ghana’s democratic process and must be protected. It is crucial that the authorities take this issue seriously and ensure that journalists are not subjected to violence or intimidation.