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GJA Concerned About Media Coverage of John Kumah’s Passing

In a statement on March 16, the GJA said it was dismayed by the insensitive approach taken by some media outlets, disregarding the feelings of the grieving family.

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has expressed serious concerns regarding the unprofessional handling of media coverage surrounding the passing of former Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr. John Kumah.

In a statement on March 16, the GJA said it was dismayed by the insensitive approach taken by some media outlets, disregarding the feelings of the grieving family.

The GJA’s position comes after much speculation that John Kumah died from food poisoning.

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Specifically highlighting two broadcasters, Captain Smart of Onua TV and Oheneba Asiedu of Wontumi Radio/TV for unethical behavior, the GJA said media owners ought to hold their employees accountable while advising the public to avoid consuming content from platforms that do not uphold ethical standards.

“Having monitored the media space over the past one week following the death of the Ejisu legislator, and after a national executive meeting on Thursday, March 14, 2024, to review same, we hereby call on the erring media entities to stop their unprofessional reportage and attend their duty with the highest sense of circumspection, decorum and responsibility,” the GJA said in a statement.


Read Also: John Kumah’s Widow Lodges Official Complaint to Demand Answers from Captain Smart on Husband’s Death

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Deputy Finance Minister and MP for Ejisu, John Kumah, died on March 7, 2024. Since his passing, there have been rumors that the cause of his death was as a result of food poisoning. While his widow has denied any of those claims,  some media reports have suggested that the deceased minister battled cancer for close to a year.

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