Presidential aspirant, Alan Kyerematen has condemned the alleged invasion of the studios of UTV by some individuals, on Saturday evening, during the broadcast of United Showbiz.
In a statement on his official Facebook page, Mr Kyerematen called the attack a violation of two fundamental principles enshrined in Ghana’s constitution – Freedom of the Media and Free Speech.
“This incident was a wanton display of arrogance of power and indiscipline, issues that have hindered our progress as a nation for far too long. Our Constitution, particularly Article 162, strongly safeguards the independence of the media, and vehemently opposes any interference or harassment based on editorial opinions, views, or content,” he noted.
Mr Kyerematen commended the police for their swift response in arresting the perpetrator stating that it is important to protect and uphold the media’s independence.
He called for the people responsible for the attack on UTV to be held accountable and brought to book.
“I call for the immediate and just prosecution of all individuals involved, as we must resoundingly convey that such actions have no place in our democratic society. Let us always remember that a free and independent media is the cornerstone of a thriving democracy.”
“It is our collective responsibility to uphold and protect these principles, which are essential to our progress as a people. Ghana will rise again,” he added.
Already, the Ghana Police Service says it has arrested 16 people for their role in the attack and has commenced investigations into the incident.
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