Media freedom 155 journalists petition Mahama to sanction Stan Dogbe

The Presidential staffer, seized and destroyed the journalist’s recording equipment at the 37 military hospital.

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Some 155 journalists from over 40 media organisations across the country, have petitioned President Mahama to demand sanctions against his staffer, Mr. Stan Dodge.

This comes after Mr. Dogbe assaulted Mr. Yahayah Kwamoah, a journalist with state-owned Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) nearly two months ago.

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The Presidential staffer, seized and destroyed the journalist’s recording equipment at the 37 military hospital.

The GBC journalist had gone to the hospital to follow-up on development around the Presidential press corps who had been involved in a serious accident that left one journalist dead and others serious injured.

The petition noted “It is important to point out that the aggression by your staffer happened at a sad moment for journalists when colleagues covering your office had been involved in a serious accident that resulted in the death of one colleague with others sustaining serious injuries.

 “We are concerned that over a month after the incident, and despite the several pleas from many people and organisations, your office has not acted on the matter," the petition added.

 

Below is the full petition:

His Excellency

President of the Republic of Ghana

Flagstaff House

Accra

September 30, 2015

Your Excellency,

Petition – Abuse of Journalist by Stan Dogbe

On 20 August, 2015, your staff, Mr. Stan Dogbe, assaulted Mr Yahyah Kwamoah, a journalist with the Ghana Broadcasting   Corporation (GBC). In a rather bizarre conduct, Mr. Dogbe seized and destroyed the voice recorder of the journalist at the 37 Military hospital where the journalist had been to report on the accident involving the Presidential Press Corps.

Since the incident happened, many notable personalities, journalists and organisations have called on your esteemed office to take action against the Presidential staffer. These demands for action were partly because of our concern about the damage caused to the reputation of your high office by the incident.  

It is important to point out that the aggression and untoward conduct by your staffer happened at a sad moment for journalists when colleagues covering your office had been involved in a serious accident that resulted in the death of one journalist and left several others seriously injured.

We are concerned that nearly two months after the incident, and despite the several pleas from many people and organisations your office has not acted on the matter.

It is our considered view that the conduct by a staff of your highly esteemed office has a direct bearing on the reputation of the office. We, therefore, join the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) in calling on you to demonstrate your personal commitment to the rights and safety of journalists, and also your intolerance of acts that may bring your highly esteemed office into disrepute by taking appropriate actions against Mr. Stan Dogbe.

Yours Sincerely,

Signed:

 

  1. Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng, Veteran Journalist

  2. Agya Kwaku Ogboro, Daily Guide

  3. Eric Bawah, Classic FM

  4. Dela Aku Russel, Daily Graphic

  5. Twumasi Ampofo, Hot FM

  6. Doreen Avio – Hitz FM

  7. Philip M. Ampofo, Hot FM

  8. Sarah B. Ampofo, Hot FM

  9. Charles Takyi Boadu, Daily Guide

  10. Addo George – Joy FM

  11. Beverly Broohm – Hitz FM

  12. Zainab Issah, Daily Graphic

  13. Samson Lardi Ayenini, Multi Tv, Joy FM, Lawyer

  14. Samuel Dowuona, Adom FM

  15. Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh, The Chronicle

  16. Bawah Alimatu Wiabriga, Bishara Radio

  17. Afia Agyapomaa Ofosu, TV Africa

  18. Nii Ogbamey Tetteh, Daily Guide

  19. Erasmus Kwaw, Liguid Sports Ghana

  20. Manasseh Awuni Azuri, Joy FM

  21. Nana Boakye Yiadom, Citi FM

  22. Ama Bawa, ATL  FM

  23. Nasara Saibu, Starr FM

  24. Joojo Cobbinah, Multi TV

  25. Ernest Quansah, Melody FM

  26. K Boafo, Hot FM

  27. Charles Asare, Hot FM

  28. Euphemia Akpalu – Hitz FM

  29. Eunice Attakora Manu, Angel FM

  30. Obeng Kwaku, Hot FM

  31. David Andoh – myjoyonline.com

  32. Ebenezer Amuzu, Hot FM

  33. Rahmatu Alhassan, Filla FM

  34. Safik Mohammed, footballgh.com

  35. Bills Gborgli – Adom FM

  36. Ernest Kofi Adu, Daily Guide

  37. John Wesley Danquah, Hot FM

  38. Latifah Oppong Baffour, Breeze FM

  39. Jones Owuraku Mantey, Hot FM

  40. Suraya Titi Alidu, Kapital Radio

  41. Emmanuel Afari Quaye, Space FM

  42. Nana Asare Kwaku Boadu, Cape FM

  43. Nancy Portia Cudjoe, Hot FM

  44. Offei-Akoto Ayeh, A1 Radio

  45. Evans Obiri Appiah, Today Newspaper

  46. Edward Blagogee, Today Newspaper

  47. Obeng Kwaku, Hot FM

  48. Douglas Sakyi, Hot FM

  49. Albert Sore, Joy News Upper West Regional Correspondent

  50. Nana Oye Diabene, Freelance

  51. Yaro Ismail, Might FM

  52. Abena Korantema, Hot FM

  53. Afia Badu Kwarten, Hot FM

  54. MacParadise Okocha, Happy FM

  55. Ato Keelson, Today Newspaper

  56. Benedict Owusu – Joy FM

  57. Napo Ali Fuseini, Today Newspaper,

  58. Koryekpor Freeman, Today Newspaper

  59. Richard Kwasi Adjei Agyapong, Today Newspaper

  60. Smart Takyi Nixon, Hedjorle Online Radio

  61. Frank Agyam – Asempa FM

  62. Moses Rexford Kumah, Hedjorle Online Radio

  63. Yaw Yirenkyi Lamptey, Today Newspaper

  64. Mwini Gabriel, Radio Progress

  65. Nick Opoku - Joy FM

  66. Nana Kwame Dankwah, Hot FM

  67. Henry Harding, Hot FM

  68. Thomas Freeman Yeboah, Hot FM

  69. Stephen Assan, Hot FM

  70. Amoah Elijah, Freelancer

  71. Mohammed Abdul Malik, Zuria FM

  72. Nyarko Abronoma, Vision One FM

  73. Mohammed Mutaka, Diamond FM

  74. Abdulai Abdul Gafaru, Diamond FM

  75. Mohammed Ibn Abdallah, Diamond FM

  76. Sey Mubarik , Kesmi FM

  77. Abdulai Abdul Majeed , Diamond FM

  78. Abdul Kareem Abdul Gafaru, Diamond FM

  79. Abdulai Sayibu Terry, Bishara FM

  80. Amorotee Ibrahim, Justice FM

  81. Queissi  Appiah Lawrence – Hitz FM

  82. Osman Abdul Hafiz- Might FM

  83. Abdulai M. Rafik - North Star Radio 

  84. Emmanuel Akli – The Chronicle

  85. Joseph Ackon-Mensah, Student Journalist, Jayee University

  86. Osei Kofi Serebour, Freelance Journalist

  87. Nana Kyei – Freelance

  88. Joe Debrah- Happy FM

  89. Eric K. Adjanor- Atinka FM

  90. Pratt Jude- Atinka FM

  91. Nathaniel Obeng- Atinka FM

  92. Edward Akuffo- Atinka FM

  93. Jerry Tsatsro Mordy - Atinka FM

  94. Richard Gyamfi- Time FM

  95. Bashiru Bukari- West End Radio

  96. Isaac Nuamah Yeboah- Atinka FM

  97. Kofi Larweh- Ghana Community Radio Network

  98. Osman Nuhu- Gmantambu Radio

  99. Adugbire Cletus- A1 Radio

  100. Samuel Sikkayena- Time FM

  101. Ishmael Atiemo- Atinka FM

  102. Kwesi Sarpong- Happy FM

  103. Rahael Asamoah- Peace FM

  104. Samuel Dortey Kumah- Peace FM

  105. Kwakye Kwabena- Happy FM

  106. Isaac Oduro- Peace FM

  107. Yaa Asamoah- Happy FM

  108. Emmanuel Boadi- Happy FM

  109. Samuel Addo- Happy FM

  110. Ernest Della Aglanu –myjoyonline.com

  111. Kwame Owusu Acheampong- Happy FM

  112. Benjamin Mensah- Time FM

  113. Albert Leonard Yirenkyi-Happy FM

  114. Hannah Sekyi-Happy FM

  115. Edwin Appiah – myjoyonline.com

  116. Odeasempa Kwame Oware- Happy FM

  117. Ebenezer Acquah- Happy FM

  118. Daniel Delong- Happy FM/ETV

  119. Doris M. Adams- ETV

  120. Ohene-Bampoe Brenya-  ETV

  121. Fati Shaibu-Ali -   ETV

  122. Harijatu Yabah- Marhaba FM

  123. Thelma Botchway- Peace FM

  124. Abdallah S. Bako- Marhaba FM

  125. Deborah Agyei Amposah- Peace FM

  126. Asmau Bawa- Marhaba FM

  127. Aisha Ashir Habib- Marhaba FM

  128. Michael Botwe- Peace FM

  129. Abdul Wahab J. –Marhaba FM

  130. Kwame Nkrumah- Peace FM

  131. Salifu Abdul-Dahim- Marhaba FM

  132. Ernest Boamah- Multi TV

  133. Koby Gomez-Mensah – Starr FM

  134. Emmmanuel Bekoe- Peace FM

  135. Akua Adufa Mintah – Peace FM

  136. Gilbert Boyefio- Parliamentary News

  137. Papisdaff Abdullah Ali – Starr FM

  138. Maame Adjoa Nkansiwah, Class Media Group

  139. Kwasi Agyeman- Peace FM

  140. Fred Dzakpata – Starr FM

  141. Naana Ntiri- Peace FM

  142. Osei Owusu Amankwah – Starr FM

  143. Faustine Akwa – myjoyonline.com

  144. Umar Sadat Larry – Hearts News

  145. Frederick Addae Ansah – Live FM, C. Coast

  146. Kwetey Nartey – Joy FM

  147. Malik Abass Daabu – myjoyonline.com

  148. Kwame Yeboah –  Radio Silver

  149. Gloria Akpene Nyarku – Hitz FM

  150. Ebenezer Afenyi Dadzie -  Citi FM

  151. Esinam Femersah – Joy FM

  152. Akosua Asiedua – myjoyonline.com

  153. Richard Ntow Gyan – Akyeah FM

  154. Richard Atenka – The Chronicle

  155. Eugene Akyea Mensah – The Chronicle

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