DEAR DR. DAVID TAM BAYOH
I write in accordance of the laws that enshrined in the Constitution of the Land. I was notified that you declined to interview both the National President and Vice President of the Children’s Forum Network because you wanted to uphold Code 12 of the Independent Media Commission which says, i read ; ” Journalist must not interview or photograph minors on subject involving the Children’s Welfare, in the absence of or without the consent of their parent or guardian.”
The interpretation of this code has been violated on social media by the Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs Hon. Sylvia Blyden. I will therefore make some legal analysis as to how this code should be interpreted accordingly.
Code 12 of the IMC do not discriminate the FREEDOM OF SPEECH of the children which is stated in the National Constitution. Because they’re children and are not at the age of CONSENT, that is why the code 12 instructed any professional journalist to first of all ask for permission to their parents of guardians before interviewing them.
Dr. Bayoh, the issue between the children and the minister is of paramount to you taking into cognizance the mandate of your profession and also the barbaric act of the minister to violate the rights and dignity of the children and stand proud with her unprofessional misconduct and abuse of office.
Let me bring to your notice an highlight of the issue between the children and minister Blyden. On the 28th day of december in 2016, the children went to THEIR MINISTRY to hold a press briefing concerning the cancellation of their Annual General Meeting by the minister and all of the sudden, unknown thugs who the minister described as Best Friends beat them up and pushed them away from THEIR MINISTRY. In contravention to this, she has abuse the Rights of the Minors contrary to section 47 and 18 of the Offenses Against the Person’s Act of 1861, and has violated the supremacy of the Child Right Act which bars any form of violence against the children.
After this unprecedented incident, she boldly wrote on her Facebook page insulting the children, calling them Child soldiers, in other words REBELS, identifying this incident to that of the Rwanda Genocide and warning them to avoid her ministry because she will not mess with the children in the JUNGLE. This is a Public Order Offence and as such, the Minister must face the Bench if only democracy is not undermine in our Unitary State.
In addition, i may kindly ask of your permission to seek for consent from the parents or guardians of the children for them to exercise their Freedom of Speech and rights to information.
I will also inform you that your decision to not interview the children has been used as a mockery by the minister on Social Media to jeopardise on the integrity of the children. On the note, i want you to make a clarification on the reason why you did not interview the children by subjectively interpreting code 12 of the IMC to the general public.
In conclusion, i have known you for your professional conduct in discharged of our profession and i believed that such integrity of yours should always be maintained. As i look forward for your reply and response, thanks for receiving my letter in good faith and sincerely hope you will take it into consideration.
Yours in the Best Interest of the Children
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Legal Aid Board.