Senegal: MFWA raises concern over threats against Ghanaian journalist

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has raised concern over threats against a Ghanaian journalist, Ato Kwamena Dadzie, made by a Member of Parliament (MP) in Ghana.

In a statement, obtained here by PANA on Friday, the sub-regional media freedom watchdog disclosed that Dadzie, a journalist with privately-owned Joy FM, was threatened by Agyapong MP for the Assin North Constituency of the Central Region of Ghana.

On February 16, 2016, Agyapong reportedly accosted Dadzie in front of the Joy FM station and threatened to “deal with” him for comments the journalist had made about him.

MFWA quoted the journalist on his Facebook timeline as saying: ''This morning he menacingly accosted me in front of Joy FM and threatened to slap, beat and “deal” with me if I don’t watch the things I write about him.''

''He violently shouted all manner of threats and expletives at me as he was restrained and led away by onlookers.''

MFWA pointed out that if the above narrative and other corroborative reports in the media were anything to go by, then Kennedy Agyapong has ''exposed his utter disregard for the right to freedom of expression.''

''Resorting to physical confrontation and threatening a journalist is an unacceptable conduct, especially by a lawmaker who should rather appreciate the need to respect journalists and uphold the law,'' the statement noted.

The media freedom watchdog said it therefore fully approved Dadzie’s decision to file a police complaint against the MP whose ''conduct in this matter is unworthy of a Member of Parliament.''

''While we call on the Ghana Police Service to act on the journalist’s complaint with the seriousness it deserves, we also urge the leadership of the Parliament of Ghana to call Kennedy Agyapong to order,'' MFWA concluded.
-0- PANA MLJ/VAO 19Feb2016

19 february 2016 15:45:28

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