The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has announced that it is holding a commemoration of the assassination of investigative journalist, Ahmed Hussein Suale, tomorrow.
A statement issued in Accra today said the event will be in the form of a forum that will be held at the International Press Center at Ridge in Accra.
Speakers billed for the forum will include GJA President, Roland Affail Monney, the Director of Amnesty International Ghana, Robert Akoto Amoafo and Lawyer and journalist, Samson Lardi Anyenini.
Ahmed Hussein Suale, an investigative journalist with Tiger Eye PI, was waylaid by unknown assassins shot dead in his car while in traffic around his home at Madina in Accra. The assassination happened on the 16th of January, 2019, making tomorrow exactly a year since he was killed.
In the 12 months after the dastardly act the Police has only announced that it has arrested two suspects for questioning, beyond which nothing else has happened.
The Federation of International Journalists has expressed concern that the killing of Suale is being treated as just another statistic. A statement under the name of its President, Younes Mjahed and General Secretary, Anthony Bellanger said the Federation was prepared to help the GJA fight until the perpetrators are brought to justice.
“The assassination of our colleague Ahmed Suale cannot be allowed to become just another statistic in the grim toll of journalists killed and impunity for the assassins. The failure to properly investigate, to prosecute the killers and the intellectual authors of such crimes not only denies the family, friends and colleagues of Ahmed of justice but it emboldens all those who would seek to silence journalists, who try to draw a veil over their criminal, fraudulent or abusive behavior. It denies citizens the right to free and independent information. It shrinks democracy.
“For all these reasons we, and all our affiliates worldwide, stand in solidarity with you. We remain ready to take any further actions you require to support the GJA and its partners in demanding justice and an end to impunity.”