The Executive Director of the Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA), Mensah Thompson, has strongly criticized Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo, the Chairman of the National Media Commission (NMC), for his opposition to the directive issued by the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) to blacklist Members of Parliament accused of assaulting journalists.
GJA’s directive specifically targeted the Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya East, Hawa Koomson, and the MP for Yendi, Farouk Mahama both of whom are alleged to have assaulted journalists.
However, Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo, the Chairman of NMC, has taken a divergent stance, labelling the directive as “dysfunctional and unproductive” to the public interest. He advocates for the use of legal avenues to address acts of impunity against journalists.
He was speaking in an interview monitored by Afenya Media on Breakfast Daily with David Kwaku Sakyi on February 12, 2024, where he expressed disappointment with the Chairman’s comments.
He said, he does not expect the NMC Chairman to say attack the GJA and its partners upon all the beatings, disrespect and low remuneration and believes that Yaw Badu Ayeboafo’s position should be used to take decisions to protect fellow members.
In conclusion he said he would be ashamed of himself if he had to give a platform to anyone at all after he had been beaten and humiliated by the person or their assigns.