The president of the Ghana Journalists’ Association (GJA), Roland Affail Monney has broken his silence on the incident involving the two journalists from Citi FM/TV and the National Security Operative.
Commenting on the issue which has become the topic on public discussion since Tuesday, May 11, he said Caleb Kudah breached a GJA code of ethic.
According to him, filming at the National Security premises was in breach of the Association’s code of ethics.
In a report filed by JoyNews and sighted by bibinionline.com, Mr. Affail Monney indicated that Caleb had clearly breached Article 13 of the GJA constitution, which clearly states that ‘Journalists must respect embargoes on stories’.
Affail Monney said even though people are stating that Caleb was acting in the interest of the public by adhering to Article 3 of the same constitution, his efforts were unclear.
“Caleb erred as far as our ethics is concerned. He clearly breached the ethics relative to Article 13 of our own code of ethics which specifies journalists should take pictures through fair, straight forward and honest means unless tampered by national interest.
“His interest here is not so clear. From the face of it, we believe he erred.” he said.
In addition, Mr Monney explained that the actions of Caleb flout the law of the land which bans video coverage of security installations.
“Caleb shouldn’t have filmed without permission and Caleb should have realized, that place is a security zone and in every security zone, the security laws apply.
It is a no go area as far as photography is concerned and his violation of regulation might have triggered the over reaction from the security operatives,” he stated.
In a related development, Caleb Kudah, has opened up for the first time about the experience he went through in the hands of the national security operatives.
According to him, he was physically assaulted by the operatives after he was arrested for filming some abandoned cars at the Ministry of National Security.
Narrating his ordeal, he said he was detained and interrogated for several hours amidst torture and maltreatment.
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