The management of Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL) has condemned the “unlawful detention” last Friday of one of its correspondents in Cape Coast, Mr Timothy Gobah after he filed a report on the confusion that erupted at the launch of the Oguaa Fetu Afahye on Friday, April 26, 2019.
According to the reporter, after he filed the story for Graphic Online the digital platform of the GCGL, he was dragged from his office ostensibly on the orders of the Oguaa Traditional Council and sent to the Emintsimadze Palace where his cell phone was collected from him and detained for about two hours until a Police Crime Officer went there to effect his release.
In a statement signed and issued by Mrs Mavis Kitcher, the Director of News on Monday, April 29, 2019, the GCGL said it was taking “a very serious view of the illegal detention of the reporter as the action of the Traditional Council was unlawful and impinges on the freedom of the press.”
“The 1992 Constitution guarantees the freedom of the press and journalists have the right to undertake their duties without any fears whatsoever.
“We strongly condemn the action by the Traditional Council and demand an apology is rendered to Mr Gobah and the GCGL for the intimidation.
“The GCGL will not look on for any of its journalists to be assaulted by any persons or group of people while they perform their legitimate duties,” the statement added.