The Executive Director of The Press Foundation, an NGO committed to the development and welfare of journalists in the country, Mr. Listowell Yesu Bukarson, says serious actions need to be taken in order to secure the future of personnel in the profession.
According to him, the future of the Ghanaian looks very gloomy, stressing that the rate at which journalists are suffering abuses in the country resulting in others losing their lives was not acceptable.
The Executive Director of TPF is not only concerned about the incident involving the presidential corps but other similar occurrences which had gone unattended to.
He cited for instance the recent attacks by some fans of the Asante Kotoko Football Club on a broadcast journalist with Jem FM in Kumasi as well as a reporter with SUCCESS FM at Goaso who lost his life whilst on duty.
Mr. Yesu Bukarson believes media personnel in Ghana are increasingly becoming their own enemies “considering the lukewarm attitude we exhibit towards incidents involving our own”
He chided some existing media institutions for not doing enough, asserting that much more aggressive measures needed to be done in order to enhance the welfare of the media and its personnel.
The Welfare of Ghanaian media personnel has once again come under spotlight a year after the bloody accident involving a Presidential Press Corps which resulted in the death of late Samuel Nuamah, a reporter with The Ghanaian Times Newspaper.
Information available to The Chronicle indicates that a year after the horrific incident which also led to severla media personnel sustaining various degrees of injuries, no compensation or whatsoever has been granted the victims.
The issue has yet again raised questions about the fate of Ghanaian journalists in times of adversity.