GIBA angry over 'Tipper Truck journalists' at Ghana@59

The Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association of Ghana (GIBA) has described as unfortunate the treatment meted out to journalists during the 59th Independence Day celebrations.

Some journalists had the shock of their lives when they were packed in the bucket of a Tipper Truck to act as ‘Risers’ to cover the 59th Independence Day Parade at the Black Star Square on Sunday.

Pictures of the media personnel in the bucket went viral on social media and via Whatsapp platforms as the parade was ongoing. They were mainly photojournalists who needed a better view to capture the historic moment through their lenses.

Some journalists took to Facebook to register their displeasure over the “worrying spectacle” on behalf of their colleagues at the parade grounds.

Speaking on the issue in an interview with Starr News President of GIBA Akwasi Agyeman said the state should have treated journalists who attended the independence celebrations with respect.

“It’s quite unfortunate the way the media were treated yesterday because obviously with such an important function you would expect that proper media accreditation is done and a proper place for the media.

“It’s quite unfortunate, I don’t know the circumstances which led to the media being put in a tipper truck but going forward such a thing should not happen…we [Media Houses] also have to do some introspection to see why we are treated that way.” Mr. Agyeman said.

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