The main opposition National democratic Congress (NDC) have viciously attacked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo over comments regarding the murder of investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale.
General Secretary of the NDC, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia has described the comments as distasteful.
Mr Asiedu Nketia opined that President Akufo-Addo's comments were insensitive hence he should remain mute on the issue if his government cannot find the killers of the Tiger Eye PI journalist.
President Akufo-Addo on Monday, 9th September 2019 while delivering a speech at the 2019 Bar Conference of the Ghana Bar Association, in Takoradi, in the Western Region said no efforts were being made by his government to suppress freedom of expression in Ghana.
Describing the killing of Ahmed Suale as “a sad and unfortunate moment for us all”, President Akufo-Addo noted that “it was equally sad and unfortunate when this heinous act was described, without any evidence, as an attack on media freedom.”
But in a swift rebuttal, the NDC while addressing a press conference in Accra on Tuesday, 10 September 2019 said the comments by Mr Akufo-Addo do not help matters but rather remind Ghanaians of a painful incident.
“Ahmed Suale was killed in the cause of his business as a journalist. He was killed after some NPP people had issues with him and, so, it will not be out of context to say it was an attack on the media.
“If you can’t investigate this matter and arrest the people, just keep quiet. Don’t muddy the waters … I think his comments were not right and he should have kept quiet.”
The comments by President Akufo-Addo has also been condemned by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA).