Accra, 19 January 2019– The United Nations in Ghana, through its Acting Resident Coordinator,Ms. Sylvia Lopez-Ekra, expresses its strong condemnation, following the death of Ghanaian Journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale, in Accra, on Wednesday, January 16,2019.
The United Nations calls for a prompt, thorough and transparent investigation into Mr.Hussein-Suale’s death and full accountability for those responsible. Failure to bring perpetrators of human rights violations to justice, creates a climate of impunity,which perpetuates the cycle of violence against journalists.
The United Nations in Ghana reiterates the message of the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, on the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists:“When journalists are targeted, societies as a whole pay a price. This should not become the new normal.”
Protecting the fundamental right to freedom of expression also requires that journalists and media workers be protected, and action be taken to proactively promote their safety.
The United Nations in Ghana extends sincere condolences to Mr. Hussein-Suale’s family, friends and well wishers.
Ms. Cynthia Prah
UN Information Centre, Accra
Tel: 055 678 3033