Apologise To Intern Or We Drag You To Presidency – Group To Dapaah

A group calling itself the Concerned Interns in Media (CIIM) has called on the Minister of Sanitation, Cecilia Dapaah, to apologise to an intern with Accra-based Adom FM, Rahinatu Abdul Bach, for disrespecting and deeming her unfit to directly call her on the mobile phone let alone interview her (Madam Dapaah) because she (Rahinatu) is an intern.

Mrs Dapaah told off Rahinatu on the phone, emphasising that her request for an interview was disrespectful of her as a state official and her office.

“Who gave you the permission to call me to speak to me directly like that?” the Minister queried the Ghana Institute of Journalism student.

“You don’t respect … please go off”, she said as she dropped the call.

The intern had been directed by her editor Samuel Dowuona to get the ministry’s reaction to reports that some persons caught littering were ordered by either the police or ordinary citizens to clean the streets as punishment.

CIIM, in a statement, said its members see the minister’s action as “an attack on the media”, adding: “In an era where our seniors face constant attacks on the job, we think this is an affront to the government’s effort to ensure the security and safety of journalists”.

“Even though Rahinatu Abdul Bach was not physically attacked, the emotional torture she went through … has made her very afraid to continue her work, especially conducting interviews,” the statement said, adding: “We are by this release demanding an apology from Cecilia Dapaah, failure of which will compel us to petition the presidency.”

Source: Ghana/ClassFM

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