Ghana Journalists Association Imposes Media Blackout on Minister Mavis Hawa Koomson
The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has officially declared a media blackout on Minister for Fisheries and Member of Parliament, Mavis Hawa Koomson, following an assault on journalist David Kobbina from Cape FM in the Central Region. Thugs believed to be associated with Hawa Koomson were responsible for the attack. The GJA had earlier called for an investigation and sanctions against the perpetrators, urging the New Patriotic Party (NPP), to which the minister belongs, to take prompt action.
However, since no concrete steps were taken by the NPP or the Ghana Police Service to address the incident, the GJA has implemented a media blackout on Hawa Koomson. The association expressed concerns about the safety of journalists, citing the minister’s association with individuals perceived as threats to media practitioners. The blackout serves as a measure to protect journalists from potential harm and to highlight the gravity of the assault on David Kobbina.
The GJA emphasized that if sanctions were not imposed and investigations were not initiated by January 12, 2024, it would take appropriate actions to safeguard the interests and safety of its members. The media blackout is a significant step taken by the association to address the issue and draw attention to the need for accountability and protection of journalists in Ghana.