Penplusbytes has followed the news of the killing of Ahmed Hussein-Suale, an investigative journalist with the Tiger Eye PI team, with a deep sense of sadness and regret at the unnecessary loss of life.
Journalists have long been a key stakeholder in deepening democracy, bridging the information gap as well as more recently in the fight against corruption in all spheres of the Ghanaian society. In this direction, media houses continue to invest in resources, tools and technologies which will improve their work and bring light to issues ranging from enterprise to graft in local and international contexts. As these media houses have grown, the impact of their work has increased. Therefore to see one of these journalists’ life cut short in such a brutal manner deserves condemnation from all.
We, at Penplusbytes, join others in calling for thorough investigations into the killing, and for the perpetrators to be apprehended and made to face the full rigours of the law. We also urge the government to take a leaf from the investments that the media and other private sector enterprises are making in acquiring technology to help their work and to increase its investment in this area.
We believe that affordable technology such as CCTV cameras and other track and trace equipment, a harmonized and comprehensive database and identification system of all citizens would have given pause to the murderers or given the police a good headstart in their investigation.
May the departed find rest with his maker and may we who remain behind find strength to do our work well for our nation and our world.
Juliet A. Amoah (Executive Director)
Penplusbytes is a not-for-profit organization driving change through innovations in three key areas: using new digital technologies to enable good governance and accountability, new media and innovations, and driving oversight for effective utilisation of mining, oil and gas revenue and resources.