GJA Rebukes Insensitive Reportage Of John Kumah’s Passing

Albert Dwumfuor


The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has issued a scathing rebuke towards media personalities Captain Smart and Oheneba Asiedu for their insensitive handling of the tragic death of the departed Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr. John Kumah.

The GJA expressed deep concern over the lack of professionalism and empathy displayed by some media outlets in their coverage of the untimely demise of Dr. Kumah.

In a strongly worded statement released on Friday, March 15, 2024, the GJA highlighted the need for media organizations to exercise caution, decorum, and sensitivity when reporting on matters of such grave significance.

The association emphasized the imperative for unbiased and responsible journalism, urging media outlets to refrain from engaging in actions that could potentially harm individuals or disrupt the peace of the country.

The GJA firmly condemned the problematic remarks made by broadcasters Captain Smart of Onua TV and Oheneba Asiedu of Wontumi Radio/TV, regarding the circumstances surrounding Dr. Kumah’s death.

The association underscored the journalists’ duty to uphold ethical standards and urged the owners of the media organizations to address the conduct of their employees effectively.

Extending their heartfelt condolences to Dr. John Kumah’s family, the GJA made a poignant appeal to the public to desist from politicizing the former MP’s tragic passing.
The association called for respect, dignity, and privacy for the grieving family during this profoundly challenging time, emphasizing the importance of showing compassion and solidarity in the face of such profound loss.

The GJA’s message serves as a poignant reminder of the critical role journalists play in shaping public discourse and the necessity for responsible reporting that upholds the dignity and sanctity of human life.

By Vincent Kubi