GJA decries journalists’ conditions of service

His call came on the back of the sudden death of Ghanaian Times reporter, Samuel Nuamah.

 

The President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Dr. Affail Monney has indicated that the safety of journalists and other conditions of service should be the utmost concern to their employers.

His call came on the back of the sudden death of Ghanaian Times reporter, Samuel Nuamah.

The late Nuamah was part of the Presidential press corps who were involved in an accident on Thursday afternoon around Dodowa. Others are also reported to be in a critical condition.

The journalists were returning to Accra from the Volta Region after covering the President who delivered a speech at the Evangelical Presbyterian (EP) Church convention.

Dr. Monney on TV3’s described the death of the Ghanaian Times’ reporter as a shock with devastating consequences. He indicated that the development should be a wakeup call to employers to take a critical look at the conditions of service of journalists as their endless working hours expose them to numerous risks.

"It’s terrible and very tragic. It has devastating consequences for the family because they never thought that their son will come back home lifeless. This reinforces the need for us to beef up the security around us and be concerned about safety because the nature of our job exposes us to such hazards and risks. It’s a very unfortunate situation. Our heart goes out to the family and the media fraternity because we have lost one of the rising stars amongst us. To report from the presidency, you need to have some pedigree and professional competence so it’s quite sad,” he said.

"I have been to the 37 Military Hospital since the afternoon and it gladdens our heart that some of those our colleagues who were said to be in critical condition are doing quite well. Some of them were even able to speak to me. We need to amplify the message that because of the dangers that characterize our profession, our employers should take us more seriously than they are doing now. Our welfare systems should naturally improve and also heighten our sense of safety. The UN has come out with guidelines on safety and I believe we need to internalize and reflect on these guidelines," Dr. Monney added.

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