Sunday, 19 September

Your Suale comment distasteful; keep quiet – NDC to Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s comments regarding the killing of investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale, was in bad taste, General Secretary of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia has said.

Mr Nketia said the least Nana Akufo-Addo could do is keep quiet on the flak the government suffered for the incident if he cannot find the killers of the Tiger Eye PI journalist.

Mr Akufo-Addo on Monday said no efforts were being made by his government to suppress freedom of expression in Ghana, as the continuing vitality of the Ghanaian media and the intense diversity of the public discourse remain some of the most internationally admired traits of Ghanaian democracy.

According to Nana Akufo-Addo, “Ghanaians are, today, as they have been doing for much of the 4th Republic, able to give boldly and freely, their feedback on policies and programmes of the government; civil society organisations are able to interrogate fearlessly government actions and positions, compare them to global best practices, and offer views and critiques aimed at complementing the efforts of government; and the political opposition is able to raise dissent openly, and canvass without intimidation for alternative viewpoints.”

Nana Akufo-Addo made this known when he delivered a speech at the 2019 Bar Conference of the Ghana Bar Association, in Takoradi, in the Western Region.

Describing the killing of Ahmed Hussein-Suale as “a sad and unfortunate moment for us all”, Nana Akufo-Addo noted that: “It was equally sad and unfortunate when this heinous act was described, without any evidence, as an attack on media freedom.”

But addressing a press conference in Accra on Tuesday, 10 September 2019, Mr Nketia said the comments by Mr Akufo-Addo do not help matters but rather remind Ghanaians of a painful incident.

“Ahmed Suale was killed in the cause of his business as a journalist. He was killed after some NPP people had issues with him and, so, it will not be out of context to say it was an attack on the media.

“If you can’t investigate this matter and arrest the people, just keep quiet. Don’t muddy the waters … I think his comments were not right and he should have kept quiet.”