Irate youth on March 11, 2014, attacked a privately-owned radio station Radio Justice located in Tamale, in the Northern Region of Ghana. According to the station manager, Kasim Hamza, the incident happened while the station was having a panel discussion as part of their morning show. He said while the discussion was going on, some angry youth entered the premises of the radio station and demanded to see one of the panellists on the programme who is a member of the biggest opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
According to Hamza, they made a call to the police when the irate youth entered the radio station but it took the police a while to get to the station. The police, he said, did not take any measures when they arrived, until the youth started throwing stones at the building housing the radio station.
The irate youth damaged louvre blades in the process and set four vehicles and a motorbike ablaze. One of the vehicles belongs to Hamza while the other three belong to a financial institution located in the same building as the radio station.
This attack on Radio Justice comes in the wake of violent clashes between youth of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the NPP.
The MFWA condemns the attack on the radio station and appeals to the police to protect journalists as they try to discharge their duties. We also urge the police to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to book.
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