Speaker Alban Bagbin

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has descended heavily on the Ghana Police Service (GPS) over the recent arrests of some journalists in the country.

According to the Speaker, the development takes the country back to the dark days of media persecution.

“The allegations of misreporting, allegations that can be considered as misdemeanors you proceed to arrest the person hijack the person by the dress the got the person into cells. That belongs to yesteryears not today.

Those who know the writings of journalists when it offends them, know what to do. They have recourse to the law. Those are civil matters they are not criminal, I’m not for a moment holding brief for irresponsible and unprofessional conduct of journalists.

“I am simply saying that there is a cure in our current legal regime. The tendency on the part of the Police to arrest journalists for what they describe as mistakes is old school. It’s turning this country into the dark ages of media persecution,” Mr. Bagbin warned during the inauguration of the Media Centre in Parliament on Friday 18th February 2022.

The Police have in recent time arrested some journalists which has sparked concerns over free speech. Media General Radio and TV presenter, Captain Smart was dragged into detention, after being granted bail by a court.

Last Tuesday, another radio presenter, Oheneba Boamah Bennie of Power Fm/TV XYZ was incarcerated for statements he allegedly made against the President. The latest is Accra Fm presenter, Kwabena Bobie Ansah was arrested after his evening show, arraigned before court, and granted bail.

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