"Ghanaian MP Blacklisted by Media for Alleged Attack on Journalist"

Ghanaian MP Farouk Aliu Mahama has been blacklisted by the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) for allegedly attacking a journalist. This marks the association’s strongest statement yet in protecting journalists in the country amidst increasing attacks.

According to reports, Mr. Mahama and his entourage attacked Mohammed Aminu M. Alabira, a journalist with Accra-based Citi TV, while he was covering a political event involving the MP’s New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Yaba, northern Ghana. The MP allegedly slapped and kicked the journalist without provocation, amidst chaos that erupted during the party’s primaries.

While a police officer and election official were also attacked, they were later rescued by military personnel called to the scene. The GJA, along with three other associations, has urged media organizations to deny the MP access to their platforms.

The GJA has additionally given the ruling NPP and the police a 10-day ultimatum to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators. The police have stated that they have begun investigations into the incident.

Violence against journalists remains pervasive in Ghana and is often left unpunished. In 2019, Ahmed Hussein-Suale, an investigative journalist who had collaborated with the Press was shot dead near his family home in Accra by unknown gunmen.

Piers Potter


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