The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) yesterday sworn in the Albert Dwumfuor-led newly-elected executives of the association at the Accra International Conference Centre, in Accra.
Justice George Kingsley Koomson who did the swearing in of the GJA President also swore in the other National Executives of the association.
They included Linda Asante Adjei -Vice President, Kofi Yeboah- General Secretary, Dominic Hlordzi-Organizing Secretary, Audrey Dekalu-Treasurer and Rebecca Ekpe-Public Relations Officer.
Delivering his speech after the swearing-in, the GJA president, Albert Dwumfuor disclosed that a Journalist Support Fund would be established to see to the safety and security of journalists.
“The current support regime for members who may suffer such harm is weak. In order to address this challenge, we propose to set up a Journalists Support Fund with the support of our development partners. One of the key objects of the Fund will be to offer legal services to journalists whose rights may be violated in the line of duty.
The era when journalists were assaulted but do not get justice due to lack of funds to pursue legal action will soon become history. So, let me issue a note of warning to people who take unrighteous liberty to assault journalists that there is a new Sheriff in town who will go to any length within the law to protect his comrades.
Professor Chairman, the Journalists Support Fund will also help to offer training and workshops on safety and security for our members in order to enhance their personal security and safety. In due course, we shall announce details of the Journalists Support Fund and its implementation, the new Sherrif told the audience.
The GJA President also revealed of some constitutional reforms as well as instituting “See Something Say something” initiative.
The inaugural ceremony was graced by Former GJA Presidents, Gifty Afenyi Dadzie, Adwoa Yeboah Afari and Ransford Tetteh. Others included Dr. Lawrence Tetteh, PRINPAG President Edwin Arthur, Nana Ohene Ntow who represented Mr. Alan Kyeremanten.