GJA urges that Owusu Bempah’s supporters who heckled journalists be prosecuted as soon as possible.

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The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) is calling for fast action against the supporters of Rev Isaac Owusu Bempah, the Head Pastor of Glorious Word Power Ministries International, who harassed and blocked journalists from accessing the courtroom during the pastor’s trial on September 13, 2021.

In a statement, the organization criticized the conduct, calling it a “desecration of journalists’ rights and an assault to press freedom.”

“The Ghanaian media community is once again in excruciating pain as a result of the heinous attacks carried out by loyalists of Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah, the Head Pastor of Glorious Word Power Ministries International, at the premises of an Accra High Court where he is on trial for alleged assault and other offenses.”

“With brazen arrogance, the church’s well-muscled men reportedly blocked court reporters from entering the room to fulfill their legitimate duties, and visited mayhem on those who defied them. All of this occurred within the walls of the castle of justice.”
The group praised the Ghana Police Service for apologizing after the incident, but asked that the “uncouth men of Owusu Bempah” be brought to justice.

“While we welcome the Police Administration’s apology and assurance of future protection for journalists, the GJA firmly believes that the rebranded Ghana Police’s timely gesture does not and should not absolve the offenders from facing the full force of the law, as articulated by Article 17(1) of the Constitution, which simply states that no one is above the law.”
“While we welcome the Police Administration’s apology and assurance of future protection for journalists, the GJA firmly believes that the rebranded Ghana Police’s timely gesture does not and should not absolve the offenders from facing the full force of the law, as articulated by Article 17(1) of the Constitution, which simply states that no one is above the law.”

“We ask the law enforcement community not to let the recent attacks on journalists be overshadowed or brushed under the rug by the main case. To accentuate the message that no one is above the law, justice must be served to the victims in a visible and timely manner.”