There is too much double standard and a replay of Animal Farm by George Owell in this country, especially when it comes to the media profession.
Some journalists can be beating and their assailants will go scot free, while others get beating and hell is broken loose.
Never in the history of the profession, has there been so much solidarity and messages of support and condemnation than when a reporter of the Daily Graphic, Daniel Kenu, was assaulted by the brother of Asamoah Gyan , Baffour Gyan and some machomen.
The GJA’s President Mr Afrail Monney is all over calling for compensation for Mr Kenu, or is it because he reports for Daily Graphic?.
This unfortunate assault was also followed by the attack on Afia Pokua, known as the Vim Lady, of Adom FM by some supposed employee of the National Health Insurance Authourity (NHIA).
Not that we support these acts of intolerance by the public, who do not appreciate the work journalists are doing in this country, because it could happen to anyone of us. Our concern, however, is that this is not the first time journalists were beaten in this country, when it has to do with supporters of political parties and politicians beating journalists, we all pretend it is okay.
Irate supporters of the New Patriotic Party beat up journalists, who had gone to the residence of the twice-defeated Presidential candidate of the party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, immediately after the declaration of the 2012 general elections, when the party had filed a writ at the
Supreme Court challenging the election of John Dramani Mahama.
The same Vim Lady, was beaten and dragged on the ground by body guards of the former President, John Agyekum Kufuor.
We were all in this country, when Nana Bobie Ansah, then host of the Ekosi Sen on Asempa FM, was almost lynched by marauding supporters of NPP, nobody came to his defense, and instead he lost his job in the process.
Did the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA), find it expedient and worth it time to intervene and demand compensation from the management of the Multi-Media Broadcasting Company limited, owners of Asempa FM for terminating the contract of Bobie Ansah, who was rather assaulted?
When the NPP misbehaves and unleash its thugs on innocent journalists and Ghanaians they get away with it, but when it is somebody else we should hang them to dry. If we want to be taken serious, we need to be fair in our approach to all issues affecting journalist and stop the discrimination.