Adom FM journalist, Ohemaa Sakyiwaa Ahwenepa was last Friday assaulted by popular New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporter Hajia Fati at the party headquarters making nonsense of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s admonition against attacks on journalists.
Haji Fati, one of the biggest supporters of President Akufo-Addo, allegedly punched the lips of the radio presenter for attempting to take a shot of her.
Narrating the incident, Sakyiwaa, said the assault happened after Hajia Fati, tried to deny the suspended Second Vice Chairman of the party, Sammy Crabbe to pick up a form to contest for the Chairmanship position.
“Hajia Fati came in after Sammy Crabbe, had been asked to go and bring money. Actually, he came with a banker’s draft from the Ghana Commercial Bank, and he was asked to go and bring cash because they were taking cash.
“About 15 minutes after Sammy Crabbe left, Hajia Fati came in very angry and she was saying that she will not allow Sammy Crabbe to pick the [nomination] forms.
“I got closer to her. I wanted to interview her so I took my phone out. I wanted to take a picture and so as soon as she turned, she looked at my face and asked me why I was taking pictures of her. I didn’t utter a word. She punched my mouth, and she almost took the phone from me,” she narrated.
Hajia Fati, has been in the news on several occasions for her threats to journalists who report negatively about the NPP.
The Ghanaian leader, Nana Akufo-Addo, last week, called on other leaders around the world to make an effort to end state-sponsored attacks on journalists in their respective countries.
Addressing the UNESCO/ Guillermo Cano Prize Ceremony and Gala Dinner of the World Press Freedom Day 2018 held in Accra at the Kempinski Hotel, Gold Coast City on Wednesday, May 2, President Akufo-Addo, said any form of attack on journalists anywhere in the world was condemnable.
“I use this opportunity to call on all governments the world over to put an end to state-sponsored acts that seek to restrict the practice of journalism.
“When supported, the free press, has the potential to quicken the development of society. Indeed, democracy, has no place for a media that does not keep a government on its toes”, the Ghanaian leader said.
In the past few months, Ghanaian journalists have suffered various attacks, some by the police and military.
The most recent of such attacks was the brutal assault of Multimedia Group journalist, Latif Iddrisu, by police officers from whom he had made an innocuous enquiry during the melee that followed the arrest of the main opposition National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) Deputy General Secretary, Koku Anyidoho.