Ken Kuranchie

The President of the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) Mr Affail Money has asked journalists not to allow the sentencing of the editor of the Daily Searchlight newspaper to prison by the Supreme Court stop them from doing their work;

?We expect al journalist irrespective of what has happened to be unafraid and un-intimidated as they go about their normal duty? he said.

The editor of the Daily Searchlight newspaper, Ken Kuranchie was sentenced to 10 days in prison for making prejudicial comments about the on-going election petition case at the Supreme Court.

In an interview on Citi FM?s Eyewitness News program, Mr Money said ? what has happened but at the same time we believe that what has happened should not make journalist resistant to the extent that they will refrain from doing what they are supposed to do.?

He emphasized that the GJA ?believes in the rule of law and believe that the media should operate within certain legal confines and even though we have all the latitudes and space to operate as enshrined in article 162, we also believe that what has happened has reinforced the point that the media landscape is still littered with legal land mines and so all of us should be careful not to step on them.?

He explained that although ?freedom of speech is the tight stone of democracy and the oxygen of the whole society without which Ghana could not have reached the democratic height it has attained, it does not imply an absolute license, there are laws which tend to limit freedom of speech, these are laws of national security and public order.?

He however added that it?s a sad day for all members irrespective of their orientation or partisan views.

?We believe that if one single journalist is injured all of us will bleed because we are one and we have a collective image to protect? he said.



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