Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has described as unwarranted the manner in which National Security operatives reported manhandled Citi TV/FM journalist Caleb Kudah for allegedly filming within the precincts of the National Security.
According to Caleb Kudah, he was handcuffed, beaten, slapped and kicked in the groin while in detention at the National Security for interrogation.
This, the Information Minister says, nobody deserves even if the person is suspected to have done something wrong.
“If that person is under investigation, assisting an investigation or being suspected as having done something untoward like in this case, the suspicion of going contrary to the rules there, it still will not warrant that particular conduct as reported,” he said, when he paid a visit to Citi TV/FM Friday.
“As a colleague and as a Minister for the sector, I came by this morning to pay you a visit and also to express to you the worry with which we receive the account on what transpired at the National Security. We were worried because it does not reflect how staff of a security agency should treat anybody, be the person a citizen, let alone a journalist,” he noted.
Last Tuesday, National Security operatives detained the journalist for allegedly filming on the premises of the National Security Ministry. He was released after questioning.
However, addressing management of the Accra-based media house, Mr Oppong Nkrumah called for patience on the matter and assured of further investigations.
Beyond that, the Minister urged management of the media house to take advantage of the newly established office of the Coordinated Mechanism for the Safety of Journalists for further investigations on the matter.
Management used the opportunity to thank him for the show of support.