The Press Foundation – a media advocacy group – has condemned allegations of media gagging at the court hearing the contempt case involving lawmaker Ken Agyapong.
According to the police in court, they have been instructed not to allow any journalist into the contempt case of the Assin Central legislator except the state-owned Daily Graphic.
However, in a statement TPF said the development is “unfortunate.”
Below is the full statement:
JOURNALISTS DENIED ACCESS TO COURT HEARING OF HON. KENNEDY AGYAPONG.
It is emerging that Members of the Judicial Press Corps have been denied access to the Land division of the High Court to cover the contempt proceedings against Assin Central Member of Parliament, Kennedy Agyapong.
The Press Foundation, TPF, sees the move as another unfortunate attempt geared at preventing the media from their professional responsibility to the nation.
It is more so very worrying since the reason for denial is said to be “instructions from above”.
The Press Foundation would want to call the attention of authorities concern to the decision, akin to gagging the media which ultimately is a further stab in the backs of freedom of the media.
Listowell Yesu Bukarson,
Source: Daily Mail GH