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15.09.2005 General News

NDC condemns attack on Benyiwa-Doe

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Accra, Sept. 15, GNA - The National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Thursday condemned an attack of Mrs Ama Benyiwa-Doe on the premises of Adom FM in Tema on Monday morning, September 12, this year. It said an unidentified man charged on Mrs. Benyiwa-Doe ostensibly to beat her up simply because she had fearlessly spoken her mind on that radio during the morning show.

In statement signed by, Mr. Baafuor Kissiedu, for the NDC Director of Communication, the assailant was restrained by officials of Multi Media Broadcasting Company in whose presence the incident occurred. The NDC said it condemned "in no uncertain terms such barbaric acts perpetrated by faceless persons who do not treasure the values of freedom of speech in a fledging democracy.

It recalled that on Wednesday September 7, this year, another shameless character threatened Mr. Ofosu Ampofo, National Organiser of the NDC on the premises of Happy FM, Accra just after he had emerged downstairs from the studios where he had contributed to the Morning Breakfast show.

The NDC said these two incidents follow closely after a similar cowardly mob attempted to lynch one Dr Asemfofro, a caller to Peace FM Talk shows simply because he was alleged to have expressed sentiments that favoured the NDC.

"This rising trend of intolerance and uncouth behaviour towards free expression in a democracy is very typical of New Patriotic Party (NPP) sympathisers, including some high level officers and MPs", the NDC said.

It said on a number of occasions the political brigands have threatened other people with physical attacks, not to mention the barrage of verbal insults they hurled at those who hold views contrary to theirs.

The NDC reminded the public that, "we are in an era of democracy where all shades of opinion can be given free expression as enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana. "Acts of barbarism and savagery belong to the jungle and Ghana, definitely, is not a jungle."

The NDC denounced acts of intolerance and threats made against contributors to radio and TV programmes.

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