IFJ Warns Government Over Death Threats to Editor-in-Chief in Ghana

The International Federation of Journalists today called on the Government of Ghana to take "urgent and immediate steps" to secure the safety of Kweku Baako, Editor-in-Chief of Crusading Guide, following two death threats.

The IFJ, which is the largest journalists' organisation in the world, was informed by its affiliate, the Ghana Journalists Association, that the threats came in two separate letters received by Kweku Baako.

"We are told that this is the second time this year that Baako has been issued with death threats," said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary, "It is time for urgent and immediate steps by the authorities to provide him with protection against this form of intimidation."

The latest threats were issued by two separate groups who claim to be supporters of former Ghana President Jerry Rawlings.

Baako is a staunch and persistent media critic of the former first family and among his recent work was a controversial report linking the financial affairs of the former first lady to a Swiss bank account.

"If there are problems with this professional work they can be resolved in professional ways," said Aidan White, "Journalists must not be subject to intimidation and threats of violence by groups who do not like what they report. The Government must act to restore respect for freedom of expression."