Nobody should be attacked for speech-John Boadu

The Acting General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party,(NPP) John Boadu has sharply condemned the beating of one Baah john-boaduAcheamfuo, a former aide to the late Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, former Chairman of the NPP.

He described the act as a show of cowardice, adding any one found to have played a part in the act that happened at Fox Fm should be arrested and prosecuted by the Police.

Speaking on a Kumasi-based radio station, Hello Fm, Mr Boadu said, ‘no one should be physically attacked or manhandled for his opinion on a matter’.

Condemning the act, the Acting Secretary said ‘no amount of foul language or hate speech should counteracted with violence’.
He therefore called for tolerance of divergent views no matter how harsh they may be from within the party or outside the party, adding it was better to resolve issues with intelligence than muscle power.

He stressed ‘no matter how harsh Mr Acheamfuo might have spoken on the political show the cure to that was not the application of violence’.

However, Mr Boadu has tasked various media outlets to consult the communications directorate of the NPP before empanelling any member on their political programs.

According to him, if that had been done the unfortunate thing that happened last Monday could have been avoided.
He, strikingly disclosed, Baah Acheamfuo who was assaulted had ceased to speak for the party close to three years now.

He, therefore, found it surprising that Fox Fm knowing the NPP has a vibrant communications wing in Ashanti would rather choose to empanel someone who now speaks against the party as the party’s assign for such a patronized show.

Last Monday, some heavily built men reported to belong to the NPP rushed to the studios of a Kumasi based radio station, Fox Fm and accosted Baah Acheamfuo, a panelist on the afternoon political show hosted by the famous Kwasi Kyeremateng.

Riding on three motor-bicycles, the thugs numbering about 6(six) are reported to have brutally but mistakenly assaulted one Kwasi Boateng, the morning show host at the station before pouncing on Baah Acheamfuo who they accused while being beaten for peddling false information about the NPP’s flag-bearer.

The Police, according to reports acted swiftly to avert what would have become a sorry state, as they rushed to the studios of Fox Fm to rescue Baah Acheamfuo.

They are also reported to have escorted Kwesi Kyei, the Ashanti Regional Communications Director to the Police Station since he was alleged to have made the phone call that brought in the thugs to the radio station.

Meanwhile, The Press Foundation, a vibrant and non-profitable media organization has similarly condemned the attack on Fox Fm and Baah Acheamfuo.

Speaking to the Ghanaian Observer Newspaper in Kumasi, Communications Director, Frank Aboagye Jackson said ‘an attack on the media is an attack on free speech and the rule of law’.

He has therefore asked the Police to treat the assault on the radio station as a serious issue and bring all the culprits to book so as to ensure a peaceful region ahead of the limited registration exercise by the Electoral Commission,(E.C).

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