Some 155 journalists from over 40 media organisations across the country, have petitioned President Mahama to demand sanctions against his staffer, Mr. Stan Dodge.
155 journalists petition Mahama to sanction Stan Dogbe
The Presidential staffer, seized and destroyed the journalist’s recording equipment at the 37 military hospital.
This comes after Mr. Dogbe assaulted Mr. Yahayah Kwamoah, a journalist with state-owned Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) nearly two months ago.
The GBC journalist had gone to the hospital to follow-up on development around the Presidential press corps who had been involved in a serious accident that left one journalist dead and others serious injured.
The petition noted “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.
“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," the petition added.
Below is the full petition:
President of the Republic of Ghana
September 30, 2015
Petition – Abuse of Journalist by Stan Dogbe
On 20 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.
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