The Chief Executive Officer of African Centre Security and Intelligence, Paul Boateng, says the majority of journalists around the world obtain classified information through dubious ways and secretly trade them.
He stated categorically that most members of the fourth estate of the realm are spies and selling secret information to interested parties is their source of income.
“I consider his act as spying. In spying, if you succeed you’re a hero. When you’re caught and arrested you pay the price. We don’t tolerate such people. How he conducted himself that’s how spies act. Terrorists before they attack they employ the same tactics. If you observed he forwarded the files immediately after filming them. How do you know his colleague was his accomplice? Wasn’t a journalist responsible for sending British information to Russians?” the security analyst angrily quizzed.
“Most of the journalists across the world all over are spies. If you don’t know let me tell me. That is their source of wealth. Research shows that. I tell you most practicing journalists are spies for money. This is the reason the Saudi government traced and murdered a journalist in Turkey,” he averred and ended the interview abruptly.
The comment comes on the back of the interdiction of four national security operatives who manhandled a Citi FM journalist caught secretly filming some abandoned cars within the ministry’s premises.
“I did not find in the statement further investigations or punishment for the young man. All they said was he acted unlawfully. What the lad did was spying. There’s no difference between his and the modus operandi of terrorists. This statement is just a political statement. If they punish the national security operatives and allow the journalist to go scot-free it will lower the morale and affect the operations of national security. The operatives won’t get the courage to carry out their duty like previously,” he told Pato, Kwaku Owusu Adjei Friday.
“What’s the next line of action for Caleb Kudah?” he quizzed.
Mr. Caleb Kudah was arrested at the National Security Ministry on May 11, 2021, for filming abandoned MASLOC vehicles parked at the premises of the Ministry.
He was at the Ministry to verify a claim by an official of MASLOC that all the cars procured by the agency had been given out.
This was after Caleb Kudah had complained about the wastage of public funds on social media.
A team of heavily-armed SWAT police officers subsequently were dispatched to arrest Citi News‘ Zoe Abu-Baidoo Addo at the premises of Citi FM/Citi TV.
This was because Caleb had forwarded some of the footage he captured to Zoe via WhatsApp.
Narrating his ordeal at the National Security premises, Caleb indicated that he was slapped several times by the security officers.
About 15 organizations including civil society groups and political parties had condemned the incident and backed calls for investigations while calling for reforms in the national security setup.
The Ministry of National Security subsequently assured that it was investigating the case.
Management of Citi FM/Citi TV petitioned the National Media Commission to ensure that the issue to investigated and brought its logical conclusion.
Citi FM/Citi TV also petitioned a number of agencies including the Christian Council and the Ghana Bar Association.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana