Mensah Thompson, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA), has strongly rebuked Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo, Chairman of the National Media Commission (NMC), for his criticism of the Ghana Journalists Association’s (GJA) directive to blacklist Members of Parliament accused of assaulting journalists.
The GJA’s directive specifically targets MP Hawa Koomson of Awutu Senya East and MP Farouk Mahama of Yendi, both alleged to have assaulted journalists.
Ayeboafo diverged from the GJA’s stance, labeling it “dysfunctional and unproductive” to the public interest. He advocates for legal avenues to address acts of impunity against journalists.
In an interview on Breakfast Daily with David Kwaku Sakyi on February 12, 2024, Thompson expressed disappointment with Ayeboafo’s comments, characterizing him as a failed journalist who has ignored assaults against his former colleagues.
Thompson criticized Ayeboafo’s stance, questioning the logic of allowing attackers to be given a platform to speak after assaulting journalists. He emphasized the importance of protecting fellow journalists and urged Ayeboafo to reconsider his position.