Media groups in Ghana intensify search for missing Adventist journalist

TWO media groups, The Press Foundation (TPF) and the Concerned Journalists in Ashanti Region have made moves as efforts to intensify the search for missing broadcast journalist. The moves come to commemorate with the four weeks (approximately a month) in the disappearance of the colleague journalist, Daasebre Agyei Dwamena.

The Society of Adventists in Media, Ghana (SAM), another media group of which Dassebre is a member and his radio station, Ashh fm had earlier on, presented envelopes of an undisclosed amount in separate occasions to assist the family in the upkeep of children of the missing journalist.

However, the TPF, in the early hours of yesterday (Wednesday), launched “Operation Find Journalist Dead or Alive” in Kumasi while the Concerned Journalists presented a petition to the Ashanti Regional Police Command, calling on the command to update the media and the general public on its investigations so far on the missing incident.

The Executive Director of TPF, Listowell Yesu Bukarson in a press release said it was pertinent for all media practitioners to as a matter of urgency, join the search for their colleague and influence it a great deal.

“The Press Foundation will by this release want to state that the silence of the security on the search up till now is too deafening”, he stated

International community

He however stated: “In the meantime, we are bent on going the extra mile of raising an alarm on the situation with the international community through High Commissions and selected Embassies to unravel the mystery surrounding Daasebre’s disappearance. This, we will do because the situation, if remains like this will be a threat to journalism in Ghana”.

The President of the Concerned Journalists, Alexander Asare in the petition said the missing journalist had served the entire country, particularly, Ashanti Region as a media practitioner and that his disappearance had caused “anxiety and apprehension” among members of the inky fraternity and the public as a whole.

Background

Daasebre Agyei Dwamena, 54, was reported missing since Wednesday, December 7, 2016 general elections.

He reported from the Bekwai Constituency and used the opportunity to exercise his franchise at his home town, Akyeremade and had since disappeared after attempts by his employers, family and friends to know his whereabout have proved futile.

The matter had since been reported to the police while official traditional announcements have also been made to the Kokofu Traditional Area and subsequently, to Manhyia Palace through the Sumankwahene of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

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