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Former broadcast journalist and now Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has shocked Ghanaian journalists with his recent comments on the attack on the host of Radio XYZ’s morning show (Ete Sen), Prince Minkah.
The Minister believes his former colleague at Joy FM staged his own attack at his Spintex Road residence Wednesday dawn.
“This may sound a bit unfair to say…It may be a bit unfair. We have been in this country when Ministers of state have said there has been a gunshot in their car or their car has been shot at. I’ve not mentioned any name. But later when it ended at the police station the evidence was that the gunshot was from his car. I’m not saying that’s happening, but anything is possible,” Oppong Nkrumah said on Accra-based Asempa FM on Wednesday.
Prince Minkah’s white Hyundai Avante saloon car was broken into while he was asleep, raising eye brows over a possible targeted attack a day after he led more than 2,000 people to protest the “unfair” closure of some radio stations, including the company h works for-Radio XYZ.
“I have reported the matter to the Police for further investigations, but my young family is very traumatized, ” Minkah told Power 97.9 FM’s Kaakyire Kwesi Appea-Apraku Wednesday morning.
The journalist is not convinced the vandalism at his home is a coincidence, adding “this is an attack on the media freedom we are fighting for.”
Prince, also known as Kwame Minkah, is the convener for Free Media Vanguard (FMV)— a media advocacy group that fronted Tuesday’s protest in Accra.
The demonstration was to draw the country’s attention to what the group and owners of the radio stations (Radio Gold and XYZ) have described as “selective” closure.
This is the second attack on an XYZ Journalist within a week. Last Wednesday, XYZ reporter Wisdom Hededzome was assaulted by some members of the La Nkwantanng -Madina Municipal Assembly Task Force when he tried enquiring why they had assaulted some hawkers that had failed to relocate to a new market at Madina Zongo junction.
But Prince Minkah said his commitment to the protest stems from the attack on journalists who expose the ills within the political circles of the country.
Attack On Press Men
Tiger Eye P.I’s investigative journalist, Ahmed Suale was murdered at Madina, a suburb of Accra, in January after investigating corruption in Ghanaian football. No one has been arrested yet although NPP MP for Assin Central, Keneddy Agyapong had shown his face on TV and called for on retribution on him.
Multimedia investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni had to flee the country after he was issued with death threats, following his exposé on pro-government militia group that had turned a former seat of government, the Osu Castle, into a training grounds.
Accra-based Starr FM’s Upper East Regional correspondent, Edward Adeti had his family attacked at Bolgatanga after his investigative work resulted in the resignation of a Minister of State.