The Multimedia Group has filed a formal complaint with the Ashanti Regional Police Command of the Ghana Police Service and copied notable personalities including the Asantehene, the Chief of Staff and Speaker of Parliament over the recent threats issued against its staff, Erastus Asare Donkor, by no mean a person than Kennedy Ohene Agyapong.
The threats are said to have been issued by Member of Parliament for Assin Central Constituency on his Net 2 Television on Friday, July 9.
According to the petition dated July 13, 2021, Mr Agyapong, who is also the Chairman of Parliament’s Defence and Interior Committee, called for “serious” beatings of Erastus Asare Donkor.
He is quoted as saying were he the President of Ghana, he would have ensured that the Ashanti Region correspondent of Multimedia Group is beaten mercilessly.
“Sir, you may recall that sometime in the recent past, Honourable Agyapong issued similar threats against Ahemd Hussein-Suale, who at the time had undertaken some journalistic works; Ahmed Hussein-Suale was later horribly killed,” stated the petition.
“In the above circumstances, we wish to file this formal complaint of threat by Honourable Agyapong against the life of Erastus Asare Donkor and request that this complaint is investigated and Erastus Asare Donkor given the required protection.”
All these is in connection to Mr Asare Donkor’s reportage on the Ejura unrests on Tuesday, June 29 and his appearance on the three-member ministerial committee.
The petition also copied New York-based Human Rights Watch and Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in Washington DC.
Below is the Official Letter: