Former Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama has sharply condemned the reported murder of ace Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.
Ms. Abu Akleh, according to an Al Jazeera report, was murdered by Israeli forces.
Al Jazeera reported that Israeli forces shot Abu Akleh in the head while she was on assignment in Jenin in the occupied West Bank.
The global news outlet cited the Palestinian health ministry as confirming the murder of its journalist.
Abu Akleh was a longtime TV correspondent for Al Jazeera Arabic.
She was covering army raids in the city of Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 when she was reportedly shot in the head.
A report monitored on Al Jazeera revealed that Abu Akleh was rushed to a hospital in Jenin in critical condition, where she was pronounced dead shortly after, at 7:15am (4:15 GMT).
She was said to have been wearing a press vest and standing with other journalists at the time she was murdered. During the raids, another Al Jazeera journalist, Ali al-Samoudi, was reportedly wounded by a bullet in the back at the scene. But he is said to be in stable condition.
In a Facebook post sighted , Mr Mahama said “The killing of ace Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is a most condemnable act. For a journalist who has for many years covered and brought us reports of events in Israel and the Middle East region, we all mourn her loss. It is our prayer that whoever pulled the trigger and any associates will be brought to justice through an Independent and transparent process.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Mahama observed that “Having said that, we also note that the murderers of Ghanaian journalist, Ahmed Suale, are still walking free. We call on the Akufo-Addo administration and the Police Service to take this investigation seriously and bring the murderers to justice.”
The late Ahmed Hussein-Suale was a Ghanaian undercover investigative journalist and an associate of fellow Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
He was allegedly shot and killed on Wednesday, 16 January 2019 by unidentified men who were reportedly on motorbikes. The assailants allegedly shot him three times, twice in the chest and once in his neck in his vehicle.
And according to Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Ahmed Hussein-Suale, who an investigative journalist with Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Tiger Eye PI, feared he would be killed following the publication of his image by the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong. Mr. Agyepong is top member of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.
CPJ reported that Ahmed, in September 2018 expressed the fear that “powerful figures in Ghana sought to harm him.”
Mr. Agyepong published Mr. Suale’s pictures on his Net2 television following the broadcast of the expose titled: ‘Number 12’. The expose by Anas Aremeyaw Anas had exposed deep-seated corruption in the Ghana Football Association (GFA), leading to the sacking of then GFA President, Kwasi Nyantekyi, who was exposed for bribe-taking and influence-peddling.
Since the murder of Ahmed Suale about three years ago, the suspects have not been brought to book nor has any official been taken against Mr Agyepong for the publication of the undercover investigative journalist’s pictures.