Ghanaian journalists demand sanctions against Presidential staff

One hundred and fifty-five Ghanaian journalists have petitioned the country’s President, John Dramani Mahama, demanding sanctions against one of his staffers, Stan Dogbe, who allegedly assaulted a journalist on duty.

Mr. Dogbe, who handles communications at the Presidency, reportedly assaulted and destroyed the voice recorder of Yahaya Kuamoah, a reporter with the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) whom he accused of recording a private conversation.

The incident was said to have happened at the 37 Military Hospital where victims of the presidential press corps accident which killed one journalist, Samuel Nuamah and injured others on August 20, 2015 had been taken to for medical attention.

Many, including the Media Foundation for West Africa, have condemned the actions of Mr. Dogbe with some demanding his removal since his action, described as shameful, has brought the Presidency into disrepute.

Although the Chief of Staff reportedly took up the matter, nothing has been heard or done about the incident, almost two months after.
The situation prompted the Foundation, which has been championing press freedom in the sub-region, to lead a campaign to get Mr. Dogbe sanctioned for his action. A petition put together by the Foundation received 155 signatories of journalists from various media institutions in the country.

The petition, which was presented to the Flagstaff House Wednesday afternoon said: “It is important to point out that the aggression by your staffer happened at a sad moment for journalists when colleagues covering your office had been involved in a serious accident that resulted in the death of one colleague with others sustaining serious injuries”.

The petitioners add: “We are concerned that over a month after the incident, and despite the several pleas from many people and organisations, your office has not acted on the matter.”

“It is our considered view that the conduct of a staff of your highly esteemed office has a direct bearing on the reputation of the office. We, therefore, call on you to show personal commitment to the rights of journalists and your intolerance of acts that may bring your highly esteemed office into disrepute,” the petition demands.

The full petition to the President is below: 

Your Excellency,

Petition – Abuse of Journalist by Stan Dogbe

On 20th August, 2015, your staff, Mr. Stan Dogbe, assaulted Mr Yahyah Kwamoah, a journalist with the Ghana Broadcasting   Corporation (GBC). In a rather bizarre conduct, Mr. Dogbe seized and destroyed the voice recorder of the journalist at the 37 Military hospital where the journalist had been to report on the accident involving the Presidential Press Corps.

Since the incident happened, many notable personalities, journalists and organisations have called on your esteemed office to take action against the Presidential staffer. These demands for action were partly because of our concern about the damage caused to the reputation of your high office by the incident. 

It is important to point out that the aggression and untoward conduct by your staffer happened at a sad moment for journalists when colleagues covering your office had been involved in a serious accident that resulted in the death of one journalist and left several others seriously injured.

We are concerned that nearly two months after the incident, and despite the several pleas from many people and organisations your office has not acted on the matter.

It is our considered view that the conduct by a staff of your highly esteemed office has a direct bearing on the reputation of the office. We, therefore, join the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) in calling on you to demonstrate your personal commitment to the rights and safety of journalists, and also your intolerance of acts that may bring your highly esteemed office into disrepute by taking appropriate actions against Mr. Stan Dogbe.

Yours Sincerely,

Signed:

1.     Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng, Veteran Journalist

2.     Agya Kwaku Ogboro, Daily Guide

3.     Eric Bawah, Classic FM

4.     Dela Aku Russel, Daily Graphic

5.     Twumasi Ampofo, Hot FM

6.     Doreen Avio – Hitz FM

7.     Philip M. Ampofo, Hot FM

8.     Sarah B. Ampofo, Hot FM

9.     Charles Takyi Boadu, Daily Guide

10.   Addo George – Joy FM

11.   Beverly Broohm – Hitz FM

12.   Zainab Issah, Daily Graphic

13.   Samson Lardi Ayenini, Multi Tv, Joy FM, Lawyer

14.   Samuel Dowuona, Adom FM

15.   Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh, The Chronicle

16.   Bawah Alimatu Wiabriga, Bishara Radio

17.   Afia Agyapomaa Ofosu, TV Africa

18.   Nii Ogbamey Tetteh, Daily Guide

19.   Erasmus Kwaw, Liguid Sports Ghana

20.   Manasseh Awuni Azuri, Joy FM

21.   Nana Boakye Yiadom, Citi FM

22.   Ama Bawa, ATL  FM

23.   Nasara Saibu, Starr FM

24.   Joojo Cobbinah, Multi TV

25.   Ernest Quansah, Melody FM

26.   K Boafo, Hot FM

27.   Charles Asare, Hot FM

28.   Euphemia Akpalu – Hitz FM

29.   Eunice Attakora Manu, Angel FM

30.   Obeng Kwaku, Hot FM

31.   David Andoh – myjoyonline.com

32.   Ebenezer Amuzu, Hot FM

33.   Rahmatu Alhassan, Filla FM

34.   Safik Mohammed, footballgh.com

35.   Bills Gborgli – Adom FM

36.   Ernest Kofi Adu, Daily Guide

37.   John Wesley Danquah, Hot FM

38.   Latifah Oppong Baffour, Breeze FM

39.   Jones Owuraku Mantey, Hot FM

40.   Suraya Titi Alidu, Kapital Radio

41.   Emmanuel Afari Quaye, Space FM

42.   Nana Asare Kwaku Boadu, Cape FM

43.   Nancy Portia Cudjoe, Hot FM

44.   Offei-Akoto Ayeh, A1 Radio

45.   Evans Obiri Appiah, Today Newspaper

46.   Edward Blagogee, Today Newspaper

47.   Obeng Kwaku, Hot FM

48.   Douglas Sakyi, Hot FM

49.   Albert Sore, Joy News Upper West Regional Correspondent

50.   Nana Oye Diabene, Freelance

51.   Yaro Ismail, Might FM

52.   Abena Korantema, Hot FM

53.   Afia Badu Kwarten, Hot FM

54.   MacParadise Okocha, Happy FM

55.   Ato Keelson, Today Newspaper

56.   Benedict Owusu – Joy FM

57.   Napo Ali Fuseini, Today Newspaper,

58.   Koryekpor Freeman, Today Newspaper

59.   Richard Kwasi Adjei Agyapong, Today Newspaper

60.   Smart Takyi Nixon, Hedjorle Online Radio

61.   Frank Agyam – Asempa FM

62.   Moses Rexford Kumah, Hedjorle Online Radio

63.   Yaw Yirenkyi Lamptey, Today Newspaper

64.   Mwini Gabriel, Radio Progress

65.   Nick Opoku – Joy FM

66.   Nana Kwame Dankwah, Hot FM

67.   Henry Harding, Hot FM

68.   Thomas Freeman Yeboah, Hot FM

69.   Stephen Assan, Hot FM

70.   Amoah Elijah, Freelancer

71.   Mohammed Abdul Malik, Zuria FM

72.   Nyarko Abronoma, Vision One FM

73.   Mohammed Mutaka, Diamond FM

74.   Abdulai Abdul Gafaru, Diamond FM

75.   Mohammed Ibn Abdallah, Diamond FM

76.   Sey Mubarik , Kesmi FM

77.   Abdulai Abdul Majeed , Diamond FM

78.   Abdul Kareem Abdul Gafaru, Diamond FM

79.   Abdulai Sayibu Terry, Bishara FM

80.   Amorotee Ibrahim, Justice FM

81.   Queissi  Appiah Lawrence – Hitz FM

82.   Osman Abdul Hafiz- Might FM

83.   Abdulai M. Rafik – North Star Radio

84.   Emmanuel Akli – The Chronicle

85.   Joseph Ackon-Mensah, Student Journalist, Jayee University

86.   Osei Kofi Serebour, Freelance Journalist

87.   Nana Kyei – Freelance

88.   Joe Debrah- Happy FM

89.   Eric K. Adjanor- Atinka FM

90.   Pratt Jude- Atinka FM

91.   Nathaniel Obeng- Atinka FM

92.   Edward Akuffo- Atinka FM

93.   Jerry Tsatsu Mordy- Atinka FM

94.   Richard Gyamfi- Time FM

95.   Bashiru Bukari- West End Radio

96.   Isaac Nuamah Yeboah- Atinka FM

97.   Kofi Larweh- Ghana Community Radio Network

98.   Osman Nuhu- Gmantambu Radio

99.   Adugbire Cletus- A1 Radio

100.Samuel Sikkayena- Time FM

101.Ishmael Atiemo- Atinka FM

102.Kwesi Sarpong- Happy FM

103.Rahael Asamoah- Peace FM

104.Samuel Dortey Kumah- Peace FM

105.Kwakye Kwabena- Happy FM

106.Isaac Oduro- Peace FM

107.Yaa Asamoah- Happy FM

108.Emmanuel Boadi- Happy FM

109.Samuel Addo- Happy FM

110.Ernest Della Aglanu –myjoyonline.com

111.Kwame Owusu Acheampong- Happy FM

112.Benjamin Mensah- Time FM

113.Albert Leonard Yirenkyi-Happy FM

114.Hannah Sekyi-Happy FM

115.Edwin Appiah – myjoyonline.com

116.Odeasempa Kwame Oware- Happy FM

117.Ebenezer Acquah- Happy FM

118.Daniel Delong- Happy FM/ETV

119.Doris M. Adams- ETV

120.Ohene-Bampoe Brenya-  ETV

121.Fati Shaibu-Ali –   ETV

122.Harijatu Yabah- Marhaba FM

123.Thelma Botchway- Peace FM

124.Abdallah S. Bako- Marhaba FM

125.Deborah Agyei Amposah- Peace FM

126.Asmau Bawa- Marhaba FM

127.Aisha Ashir Habib- Marhaba FM

128.Michael Botwe- Peace FM

129.Abdul Wahab J. –Marhaba FM

130.Kwame Nkrumah- Peace FM

131.Salifu Abdul-Dahim- Marhaba FM

132.Ernest Boamah- Multi TV

133.Koby Gomez-Mensah – Starr FM

134.Emmmanuel Bekoe- Peace FM

135.Akua Adufa Mintah – Peace FM

136.Gilbert Boyefio- Parliamentary News

137.Papisdaff Abdullah Ali – Starr FM

138.Maame Adjoa Nkansiwah, Class Media Group

139.Kwasi Agyeman- Peace FM

140.Fred Dzakpata – Starr FM

141.Naana Ntiri- Peace FM

142.Osei Owusu Amankwah – Starr FM

143.Faustine Akwa – myjoyonline.com

144.Umar Sadat Larry – Hearts News

145.Frederick Addae Ansah – Live FM, C. Coast

146.Kwetey Nartey – Joy FM

147.Malik Abass Daabu – myjoyonline.com

148.Kwame Yeboah –  Radio Silver

149.Gloria Akpene Nyarku – Hitz FM

150.Ebenezer Afenyi Dadzie –  Citi FM

151.Esinam Femersah – Joy FM

152.Akosua Asiedua – myjoyonline.com

153.Richard Ntow Gyan – Akyeah FM

154.Richard Atenka – The Chronicle

155.Eugene Akyea Mensah – The Chronicle
By: Stephen Kwabena Effah/3news.com

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