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24.10.2007 Politics

GJA Condemns Aggudey’s Outbursts

The Ghana Journalists Association has expressed disappointment at what it described as the unfriendly behaviour of one of the five Convention People's Party presidential aspirant, Mr George Aggudey, towards media personnel.

The journalist were at the party's headquarters Tuesday to cover the filing of nomination by the party's various aspirants.

The GJA said it considered Mr Aggudey's outburst and threats of assault against some members of the media most unfortunate and rather uncomplimentary of someone seeking political and public office.

This was contained in a statement the GJA issued in Accra.

“As far as the GJA is concerned, although many of the questions that were put to Mr Aggudey by journalists when he went to file his nomination appeared harsh, they were of merit and could therefore not be termed provocative,“ the statement said.

Mr Aggudey was the CPP's presidential candidate at the last general election and it stands to reason that journalists will want to know what he thought of his chances against a comparatively large field of aspirants this time around.

The statement said the kind of intolerance shown by Mr Aggudey could not be helpful to fostering civility, mutual respect and good media/political party relations required in the nurturing of functional multi-party democracy.

The association appealed to all Ghanaians, especially politicians to be civil and tolerant towards media personnel, especially during electioneering for the sake of building with cheer and in good spirit the country's democracy.

The association said it would, for its part, continue to impress upon members of the media, especially journalists to go about their duties with great professionalism.

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