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The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has condemned the killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey. The President of the GJA, Roland Affail Monney said such a heinous and dastardly act cannot be covered up.

He said an attack on any journalist anywhere is an attack on all journalists and media houses must rise up and speak against it.

Speaking on Uniiq FM’s Current Affairs Programme “Focus” Mr. Monney said no person or political regime can suppress freedom of expression and press freedom.

He urged Journalists to take into consideration their personal security when they criticise political regimes and influential people in society.

The GJA President said the Association will issue a formal statement on Friday (October 26) during its Annual General meeting.

A Lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Zakaria Tanko Musah, was shocked that no African leader has condemned this heinous crime on a journalist who was only expressing his opinion on a political regime.

He said people should distinguish between Islam as a religion and Saudi Arabia as a state, saying what happened has got nothing to do with religion.

A Security Analyst, Adib Saani said the explanation given by Saudi Arabia that Jamal Khashoggi struggled with 18 people before finally he was over powered and killed is unacceptable.

He said since the Crown Prince assumed power, he has engaged in such belligerent acts which must be condemned, and called on the global community to continue to mount pressure on the Saudi authorities to show good faith by coming clear on the unfortunate act.

An International Relations Expert and Member of Parliament (MP) for Wa Central, Rashid Pelpuo said most of the world leaders are reluctant to speak on the heinous act because of their economic interest in Saudi Arabia.

He said the killing of Jamal Khashoggi is an attack on freedom of speech and right to life.

Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

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