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Christian Atsu: Funerals are not events for fun! – Lydia Forson tells journalists

Actress Lydia Forson has requested journalists to be sensitive and respectful of bereaved family members’ right to privacy.

Her call over Twitter was in response to an incident that occurred at the memorial service for her friend Christian Atsu, where it was said that a reporter had questioned the deceased’s son about his feelings.

Many criticized the journalist for being inconsiderate to the situation and hardship of the young boy who merely smiled without responding after the comment went viral on social media.

“Funerals are not concerts or for entertainment! Reporters should learn some decorum in how they cover and engage with mourners! How do you ask someone if they’re “sad”?!

“And shoving cameras in peoples faces and not giving them even a moment of privacy. Like?!!” Forson’s tweet of March 17 read.

She was part of wellwishers who thronged State House forecourt for the final funeral of the former Black Stars player. Atsu has since been interred in his hometown.

The March 17, 2023 final funeral rites of Christian Atsu attracted people from all walks of life as the forecourt of the State House buzzed with activity.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his vice were in attendance along with a high-powered government delegation. Also in attendance was the former president John Dramani Mahama.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) was led by its president Kurt Okraku who also led members of the association and a group of former Black Stars players.

Atsu died in the February 6 earthquake that struck Turkey and parts of Syria. He was declared missing till his remains were recovered on February 18.

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