…As GJA, IFJ, CPJ Condemn Delay In Late Tiger PI Assassination Case
A year yesterday, life was smothered out of Ahmed Hussein-Suale, a partner to Investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, the Chief Executive of group Tiger Eye PI, at an Accra suburb, Madina.
Tribute after tribute poured in with many condemning government and state security agencies for the long delay in bringing to justice the perpetuators of the dastardly crime.
From the International Federation of Journalist through to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) to the Ghana Journalists Association, they all seem to be singing the same refrain-Justice for Ahmed, Journalism is not a crime.
“On behalf of the International Federation of Journalists and its 600,000 members in 141 countries we send solidarity and greetings to the Ghana Journalists Association and all your partners and colleagues.”
Younes Mjahed, the president of IFJ noted in a statement yesterday that “The assassination of our colleague Ahmed Suale cannot be allowed to become just another statistic in the grim toll of journalists killed and impunity for the assassins. The failure to properly investigate, to prosecute the killers and the intellectual authors of such crimes not only denies the family, friends and colleagues of Ahmed of justice but it emboldens all those who would seek to silence journalists, who try to draw a veil over their criminal, fraudulent or abusive behavior. It denies citizens the right to free and independent information. It shrinks democracy.”
For all these reasons your meeting today is vital. For all these reasons we, and all our affiliates worldwide, stand in solidarity with you. We remain ready to take any further actions you require to support the GJA and its partners in demanding justice and an end to impunity,” was how the journalists group captured its statement for the one year celebration.
According to the President of the Ghana Journalist Association(GJA), at a public forum to commemorate the one year anniversary of Ahmed, “There are some, including journalists, who have unfortunately sought to downplay the incident of Suale’s murder, by arguing that there is no proof yet that he was killed because of his work. The GJA leaves that to the conscience of every individual and for posterity to judge”.
Dr. Affrail Monney used the moment to caution all journalists to sharpen their sense of security, especially, in this election year and avoid areas and practices which could imperil their lives or endanger their safety. Furthermore, the GJA implores the security agencies to the safety of journalists a topmost priority.