GJA disappointed in Graphic’s Daniel Kenu for chickening out of assault case

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The Ghana Journalists Association says it is disappointed in Daily

Graphic’s Daniel Kenu for announcing he no longer wishes to pursue

assault case against Baffour Gyan, brother of Asamoah Gyan.

His lawyers told the court Friday they have been asked by their client

to withdraw the case entirely.

It is unclear if the journalist has opted for an out of court

settlement. But his lawyers told the court that the journalist cited

family and health concerns as reasons for his decision not to seek


Reacting to the decision, GJA President Affail Monney insisted the

association remained resolute in its fight against impunity and

violence in all guises against any journalist in the country.

Baffour Gyan, the elder brother of Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan,

reportedly led an assault on Mr. Kenu, who is the Ashanti Region

Editor of the Daily Graphic.

At a press conference organised by the Ghana Football Association two

weeks ago in Kumasi, Mr. Kenu wanted confirmation to allegations that

Asamoah Gyan had “sacrificed” his friend and popular musician Castro

when they went holidaying at Ada.

Apparently, the question angered Baffour Gyan, who allegedly organised

some well-built men to assault Mr. Kenu after the conference.

Baffour turned himself in after the police declared him wanted over

his alleged involvement in the incident.

He and Samuel Anim Addo, manager for Asamoah Gyan were charged with

assault and later granted a GHȼ30,000 bail each by the Kumasi

Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) circuit court.

Investigations were carried out and the matter processed for court.

But dramatically, the complainant in the case, Mr Kenu turned up and

said he was no longer interested in pursuing the matter.

“It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform this honourable court

that I, Daniel Kenu, the regional editor of Daily Graphic, Ashanti

region, and the complainant in the Baffour Gyan led assault on me, to

discontinue with the case on health grounds and other related family

matters,” he stated in a letter to the court.

Mr Kenu added “My recent consistent and persistent rise in my blood

pressure following the trauma that I am currently going through as a

result of the September 5, 2014, attack as well as the sudden death of

my uncle Efo Kwame in the Eastern region, who until his death on the

eve of the last hearing in court, September 12, had insisted that I

let go off the case because the name of the family had been in the

media too much lately, warranted his decision.”

But the GJA has expressed disappointment at the turn of events.

Baffour Gyan’s lawyer also felt disappointed for travelling all the

way from Accra to Kumasi only for the case to be discontinued at the

request of the complainant.

Managing Director of the Graphic Communications Group, Ken Ashigbi had

earlier stated that stakeholders in the media industry would ensure

that anyone or group of persons who attack journalists will be made to

face the full rigours of the law.

Mr Ashigbi must be feeling deflated now after his employee suddenly

wrote to the court to stop the case from further hearing.

Credit: Myjoyonline

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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