GJA condemns exclusion of journalists from AU Summit opening

Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has described as "very unfortunate" the exclusion of accredited journalists from the opening ceremony of the 9th ordinary summit of the AU which opened in Accra Sunday.
"As if the decision to deny the media entry into the main hall was not enough, the Media Centre where they were restricted to did not measure up to expectation because there were not enough close circuit television screens to beam the opening ceremony in the main hall to them," GJA complained in a statement issued in Accra.
"We wish this shortcoming will be addressed immediately to offer the media the necessary tools to provide effective coverage of the grand debate for the African Union Government," it said.
All the 600 journalists accredited for the historic summit, which is debating the issue of Union Government in Africa, were barred from entering the main hall to cover the opening ceremony.
The action triggered an angry protest from the journalists, who later submitted a petition to the organisers.
An earlier plan to allow a certain number of journalists into the hall was scrapped at the last minute on the advice of overzealous security agencies.

01 Julho 2007 18:55:00

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