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MFWA Writes To President Mahama On Stan Dogbe Petition

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has written to President John Mahama to urge him to take action against Stan Dogbe as promised, following the petition by the MFWA and 155 journalists last year.

On October 14, 2015, the MFWA mobilized 155 journalists from over 40 media organisations across Ghana to demand sanctions against Mr. Stan Dogbe, who assaulted Mr Yahaya Kwamoah, a reporter with the GBC.

In a letter dated November, 10, 2015, Mr. Kwesi Quartey, Secretary to the President, responded to the petition by promising that “due attention would be paid to the matter in the interest of protecting the reputation of the Presidency.”

As a follow-up, the MFWA today (February 5, 2016) wrote to remind the president that it has been six months since the assault by Mr Dogbe occurred, four months since he was petitioned and almost three months since he promised to take action.

The letter therefore called on the president to take the promised action in order to dispel growing public feeling that his assurance is a mere platitude rather that a genuine expression of intent to sanction Mr. Dogbe.

The letter, which had all the 155 original petitioners attached as signatories, asked President Mahama to fulfill his promise as a way of demonstrating “support for press freedom” and “commitment to fighting impunity for crimes against journalists.”The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has written to President John Mahama to urge him to take action against Stan Dogbe as promised, following the petition by the MFWA and 155 journalists last year.

On October 14, 2015, the MFWA mobilized 155 journalists from over 40 media organisations across Ghana to demand sanctions against Mr. Stan Dogbe, who assaulted Mr Yahaya Kwamoah, a reporter with the GBC.

In a letter dated November, 10, 2015, Mr. Kwesi Quartey, Secretary to the President, responded to the petition by promising that “due attention would be paid to the matter in the interest of protecting the reputation of the Presidency.”

As a follow-up, the MFWA today (February 5, 2016) wrote to remind the president that it has been six months since the assault by Mr Dogbe occurred, four months since he was petitioned and almost three months since he promised to take action.

The letter therefore called on the president to take the promised action in order to dispel growing public feeling that his assurance is a mere platitude rather that a genuine expression of intent to sanction Mr. Dogbe.

The letter, which had all the 155 original petitioners attached as signatories, asked President Mahama to fulfill his promise as a way of demonstrating “support for press freedom” and “commitment to fighting impunity for crimes against journalists.”

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