Ghana Premier League Tell journalists to be neutral when covering matches – Aduana replies SWAG

The Dormaa-based club will not condone any form of violence, but has cautioned journalists to put up good behaviours when covering matches.

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Aduana Stars have issued a strong statement promising to deal with any member of the club associated with alleged acts of violence during the side’s latest fixture against Hearts of Oak.

The Ogya lads triumphed 2-0 over rivals Hearts of Oak last Sunday, however, the aftermath of the encounter was marred by issues of violence against journalists by the home team.

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According to reports, some journalists were assaulted and prevented from entering the media centre of the Nana Agyemang Badu Park by officials of Aduana Stars.

The matter – coupled with another alleged attack on photo journalist, Senyuiedzorm Awusi Adadevoh at the Accra Sports stadium by officials of Olympics – pushed the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) to issue a strong statement condemning the treatment of journalists at various league centres.

The Association’s statement insisted that journalists must be “given adequate protection, before during and after match to ensure our safety and security", adding that such acts against journalists “will not in any way help in the development and promotion of the league”.

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However, in another statement signed by CEO Albert Commey, Aduana Stars have responded to SWAG, insisting the club is “working with the GFA to get to the bottom of the case if it indeed occurred and the perpetrators brought to book”.

aduana letter.jpg play The press release by Aduana Stars

The club also requested that SWAG warned its members to be neutral when covering matches.

“We however wish to urge SWAG to advice its members to identify themselves properly and remain neutral at venues during matches,” sections of a statement from the club read.

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“They [journalists] must stay away from restricted areas for sanity to prevail.”

Issues of violence have been a big problem in the Ghanaian topflight, with several away teams and journalists complaining of harsh treatments meted out to them when they visit certain league centres.                                       

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