President of the Ghana Journalists’ Association (GJA) Roland Affail Monney has in an interview with Accra based Joy FM started that filming at the National Security premises by Citi FM journalist, Caleb Kudah was in breach of the Association’s code of ethics.
Me. Affail Monney noted that the broadcast journalist breached Article 13 of the GJA constitution through his action.
“Caleb erred as far as our ethics is concerned. He clearly breached the ethics relative to Article 13 of our own code of ethics which specifies journalists should take pictures through fair, straight forward and honest means unless tampered by national interest.
“His interest here is not so clear. From the face of it, we believe he erred.” he said.
He added: “Caleb shouldn’t have filmed without permission and Caleb should have realized that place is a security zone and in every security zone, the security laws apply. It is a no go area as far as photography is concerned and his violation of regulation might have triggered the over reaction from the security operatives.”
Meanwhile, he has slammed the security operatives for the way and manner they stormed the premises of the media house to to pick up Zoey Abu-Baidoo.
“Even though he erred, the disproportionate use of force and intimidation does not justify the offense committed by Kudah.”
“Let me express our solicitude and fullest solidarity with Caleb and Zoey. Their hellish experience….if any member of the journalsim fraternity is cut, we will bleed. So we are also bleeding over the traumatic experience yesterday,” he said.