President of the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) Roland Affail Monney has cautioned journalists across the country to desist from the use of offensive statements.
The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) picked up two panelists who threatened to assassinate justices of the Supreme Court.
The two made the statement on Friday during a discussion on Accra-based radio station, Montie FM.
Alistair Nelson, along with another panelist, Godwin Ako Gunn, allegedly threatened to “finish” the Supreme Court and High Court judges if they made any judgment against the Electoral Commission in the ongoing court case challenging the validity or otherwise of the voters’ register.
Speaking on 3FM’s Sunrise, Mr. Monney condemned the indecent behaviour of the two panelists and called on journalists to desist from such actions stating that this should serve as a lesson for all journalists.
“What has happened should serve as a fountain of lesson from which all journalists must drink from.
“It can happen to any other and if they have arrested those who made those offensive and dangerous statements then it should cut across so those who take the law into their hands should be made to feel the biting edge of the law and this is our stand.
“We will defend any journalist who is abused but at the same time we will not defend anybody who woefully offends the law in the line of duty.
“Thankfully the BNI have waded into this issue and we are told that the people who made those statements have been invited and it’s now in the domain of the security agencies to do their work
“The Rwandan example has been over flogged but it took a reckless journalist on a reckless station to plunge that whole nation into bloodbath and we remember with pain the horrendous slaughter of over 800,000 people all because of misuse or abuse of freedom”.
By Nana Afrane Asante|3news.com|Ghana