A group calling itself, Journalists’ Against LGBTQI+ Ghana have condemned an alleged assault on two of its members working for Adom TV, an Accra-based media house belonging to the Multimedia Group.
In a press release, the Convenor of the group, Isaac Boamah Darko explained that the two Adom TV journalists were physically attacked while covering a wedding ceremony between two lesbians at Kwahu Obomeng in the Eastern Region on Saturday, March 27, 2021.
Adom TV reporter, Peter Owusu Dwamena and Adom TV cameraman, Emmanuel Somuah are the members of the Journalists’ Against LGBTQI+ Ghana believed to have been assaulted, the statement said.
“The venue for the ceremony is said to have been rented to one woman cum tenant (name unknown) by the late Joseph Asumani who is the owner of the residence. The woman is said to be the would-be wife of her lesbian partner. According to information gathered from the victims, one Angel FM lady reporter who had first gotten wind of the ceremony decided to take cover but considering the dress code for such an event, she felt her black dress was not appropriate so she hid somewhere and observed what transpired. The lady reporter informed some of the community dwellers who also observed the event closely and later called in the Police,” part of the statement recounted.
“The lady reporter subsequently called her colleagues from Adom TV after the ceremony had closed late in the night. The Adom TV team went to the residence the following day to conduct interviews with some of the Lesbians who initially concurred to be captured on TV. In the course of the interview, the interviewee rescinded the decision to be captured. However, all attempts to explain the need for the public to hear their story were unsuccessful so the interview proceeded without being held on camera. The victims indicated that some of the participants heckled and beat them but the lady reporter managed to escape. One of the Adom TV reporters, Mr. Dwamena said his phone which took images of the scenes has been badly damaged,” the statement added.
The statement indicated that the Police apprehended twenty-two (22) suspects alleged to be involved in assaulting the journalists.
The leadership of the group further called on “the Inspector General of Police to mount investigations into the attacks and all well-meaning bodies to render their displeasure against the act.”