The Coalition of National Sovereignty (CNS) is condemning the rambo-styled arrest, the alledged brutal torture and the barbaric handling of the Editor of modernghana.com, Mr. Emmanuel Ajafor Abugri and his associate by heavily armed National Security operatives.
“We wish to join the numerous organizations who have earlier expressed their disquiet about the heinous torture of the journalists, particularly the inky fraternity, in the expression of our utter disgust and outrage in what can be descried as deliberate state-sponsored brutalities against the free speech,” the group said.
These journalists, according to the coalition, were arrested, detained, tortured and later for court.
A press statement signed by the coalition’s Convener, Mr. Bernard Morgan, “we have taken note of the scary manner in which the journalists had their heads strapped in polythene bags after their arrest by the National Security operatives from their office somewhere last week.”
It said this unholy conduct of the state and its actors, follows other numerous but obviously ‘state- sanctioned atrocities’ against some journalist in the last 30 months of President Akufo-Addo’s reign.
“We are yet to recover from the unresolved bloody murder of Mr. Ahmed Suale, an investigative journalist with Tiger-eye PI, following a public treat of harm by an NPP sitting Member of Parliament Hon. Ken Agyapong.
“We can also readily recount the fatal attacks of Latif Alhassan of by the some officers of the Police Service and the numerous death treats received by Manasseh Azure all journalists of the Multimedia Group Limited which later led him into exile,” the statement said.
It added that the death threats and attacks on the life of Mr. Edward Adeti, a journalist who with Starr FM who exposed corruption and bribery scandal in a matter involving a Minister of State at the Presidency, Mr. Rockson Bukari and a host of others.
Any form of attack on the media and on free speech, the coalition said, is not only an attack on a key arm of government or fourth estate of the realm, but also an attack on democracy, the fundamental human rights of the entire citizenry as well as an encroachment on the right to information which ironically this government claims to have passed into law.
The group, therefore, demanded an immediate launch of a full scale public enquiry into this particular impasse and all other recent state-led heinous attacks on journalist and bring the culprits to book.
“As it is now, we cannot tell how many other Ghanaians have been secretly arrested, detained, tortured and dehumanized by the Akufo-Addo government for just expressing their views. The basdardisation of our fundamental freedoms is reached scary levels,” they added.