The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has condemned the Speaker of Parliament’s threat to revoke media accreditation of press corps who cover press conferences of Members of Parliament when while proceedings are in session.
A statement issued the Association on Wednesday noted that although Prof Mike Oquaye must institute laws to ensure law and order in the chamber, a journalist cannot be denied accreditation for choosing to cover a “content-based criteria”.
“The GJA considers the Speaker’s threat unfortunate and an affront to media freedom and free speech.
“Parliament is the house of the people, and of public interest. So journalists’ access to the House cannot be deemed a privilege but a necessity to enable them to report to their people what their elected representatives are up to,” the statement said.
Read the full statement below:GJA condemns threat against Parliamentary press corps