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GJA FIRES AYARIGA CALLS FOR THE LAW TO DEAL WITH HIM

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The President of the Ghana Journalists Association, Affail Monney, has described Hassan Ayariga, founder of the All People’s Congress, as someone who has no sense of shame.

The President of the Ghana Journalists Association, Affail Monney, has described Hassan Ayariga, founder of the All People’s Congress, as someone who has no sense of shame.

 

He said this in relation to recent attacks by Mr Ayariga, who organised thugs to beat a journalist who had gone to cover a programme in his home.

"Let me extend some few words of caution to someone who has been coincided to the comical footnote of our electoral history; someone who aspires to occupy the most consequential position in the land, but, who without any sense of shame, any iota of civility and without any trait of conscience, organized thugs, ferocious beasts to pounce on a journalist he had invited to cover his assignment in his own home. Jerry Azankota had a brush with death because of Hassan Ayariga's thuggery,” Mr  Monney said.

According to the GJA President, the Association's concern is predicated on the principle that when one journalist is attacked, all journalists are equally attacked.

However, the President of the GJA stressed that, before the pains of journalists could be taken away, the law must take its course swiftly on Hassan Ayariga.

"No one is above the law. Certainly, Hassan Ayariga is not above the law. So, we expect the law to deal with him surgically,” he said.

Affail Monney made the comments at the launch of 23rd GJA Awards ceremony to be hosted in October 27, 2018, at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra.

It is on the theme: “State of Investigative Journalism: Boundaries of Privacy and Borders of Public Interest.”

The GJA President explained that, in choosing the theme, the Association was torn between investigative journalism and attacks on journalists to express their outrage and demand action against the scandalous frequency of such incidents.

He revealed that investigative journalism was eventually chosen to allow the awards  create a huge deliberative platform to address lingering issues and emerging concerns over that specialized area of journalism.