Journalists pictured at the court premises

The Glorious Word Power Ministries International Church led by Reverend Isaac Owusu Bempah has distanced itself from attacks meted out to some journalists on Monday, September 13.

According to reports, there was drama at the Circuit Court in Accra when the Head pastor of the Glorious Word Power Ministries International, Rev. Owusu Bempah, arrived for a hearing.

Some of his church members who accompanied him tried to stop journalists from filming his arrival.

Using insults and jostling, they tried to disperse the media outside the court.

They also tried to stop the media from entering the courtroom, which sparked a confrontation.

Police officers at the premises subsequently denied journalists access into the courtroom.

Days after the incident, the Church says it regrets hearing about the attacks meted out to journalists to persons believed to be sympathisers of the pastor.

Adding that the act was not sanctioned by the Church and have since rendered an apology to affected persons and media houses.

“We humbly wish to indicate that as a church, we do not support any form of violence. We reiterate that this act was not sanctioned by us and as such we condemn it in no uncertain terms,” a statement by the Church said.

“The church would like to render an unqualified apology to all affected Journalists, Media Houses, and the Ghana Journalist Association.
We acknowledge the key role the media plays in our society and as such we pledge our full cooperation and support in ensuring that this incident does not repeat,” the statement added.

The apology follows an earlier one made by the Ghana Police Service after some journalists were harassed and prevented from entering the courtroom when Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah, and four others, appeared in court earlier this week.

The acting Director-General of the Service, ACP Kwesi Ofori, in a statement indicated that a team is studying the footage available to identify the alleged perpetrators for immediate prosecution.

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