General News of Wednesday, 4 April 2018
The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has “distanced itself” from reports that some 50 Ghanaian journalists said to be part of the country’s delegation ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
A statement signed by Affail Monney, President of the GJA Wednesday said none of the said persons is known to the Association neither are their media outlets.
Government has initiated a probe into the deportation of some Ghanaians from Australia who claimed to be journalists for the commonwealth games.
At least 50 Ghanaians who were in Australia for the games which start today, Wednesday, April 4 but the Australian authorities were not convinced by their reasons for travelling to the country although those affected claimed they were Journalists.
The GJA has therefore called on the “Foreign Affairs Ministry, the police and other relevant institutions to thoroughly investigate the matter in order to establish the true identity of the deportees for the purposes of redeeming the image of Ghana and Ghanaian journalists.”
GJA Distances itself from deported “Journalists”
It has come to the notice of the National Executive of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) that about 50 people purporting to be Ghanaian journalists are being deported from Australia ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games scheduled to begin in that country today, April 4, 2018.
According to reports, the Australian authorities were not convinced about the mission of the purported journalists in that country because although they claimed to be journalists and had genuine visas, many of them did not carry the recommended equipment for the coverage of such a sporting event.
The GJA wishes to put on record that it does not know the identity of the so-called journalists; neither is it aware of their mission in Australia. Although Ghanaian journalists travelling outside the country for official events are not obliged to inform the GJA about their assignments, it is quite strange that the GJA is not aware of the identity of the deportees, including the media institutions they claim to represent.
The GJA notes that the deportation of the alleged journalists from Australia has the tendency to soil the image of Ghanaian journalists in particular and Ghana as a whole. For that reason, we call on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the police and other relevant institutions to thoroughly investigate the matter in order to establish the true identity of the deportees for the purposes of redeeming the image of Ghana and Ghanaian journalists.
The GJA wishes to take this opportunity to advise Ghanaian journalists travelling outside the country for official assignments to follow the requisite protocols of their host countries and the event organisers in order to avoid embarrassment. Furthermore, they may seek the assistance of the GJA to facilitate their assignments.