26.4 C
Accra
Sunday, January 23, 2022
No menu items!

President’s submission on Journalists, Media Organisations unfortunate – MFWA Director

Must Read

Two persons arrested in Volta Region for peddling narcotics

SOURCE: GNA The Ketu Divisional Police Command has arrested two suspects, Kpelly Kwame, 29 and Anani Sasu, 19, for peddling...

Minerals Commission shuts down operations at MAXAM Ghana

By Desmond Cudjoe The Minerals Commission has closed down the operations of MAXAM following the January 18, 2022, explosion at...

Ghana to face Nigeria in World Cup play-offs

The Black Stars will face the Super Eagles of Nigeria as both sides battle for a spot at the...

The Executive Director of Media Foundation for West Africa, (MFWA), Sulemana Braimah, says the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, should have condemned the attacks on journalists at the just ended 2019 Bar conference of the Ghana Bar Association in Takoradi, Western Region.

He said the condemnation would have been a huge step in discontinuing such attacks.

“It’s surprising that the President focused on professionalism which is also important and turned a blind eye on the numerous attacks on journalists and media organizations in the country.”

In an interview with GBC’s Radio Ghana Thursday September 12, Mr. Braimah said, “the President talked about the fact that no attempt or efforts have been made by government to suppress press freedom which is true because there is no evidence that government of the day wants to stifle Press freedom.”

“I don’t know what specific effort the government is making to ensure the numerous attacks on journalists is brought to an end and this is quite worrying that the President decides to ignore completely the incidence of attacks on the media, over forty (40) incidence that have happened over the last two and a half years that he has been the president of our country,” he disclosed.

“The President is the father of the nation and he is addressed as the number 1 citizen of the country so I would have expected that the President would have condemned such acts and taken a personal position in terms of a declaration to the effect that this things cannot continue to happen whilst also talking about the need for professional standard, the need for journalists to up their game and so on.”

Addressing the 2019 GBA Conference in Takoradi, President Akufo-Addo said, “the continuing vitality of the Ghanaian media and the intense diversity of our public discourse remain some of the most internationally admired traits of Ghanaian democracy.”

“However, as I indicated at the World Press Freedom Day event in Accra, last year, there is the need for continuous training, self-regulation and an insistence on acceptable media ethics and journalistic standards by media houses, practitioners and their organizations, as part of the process of installing a culture of accountable governance, requiring high standards and professionalism in the Ghanaian media.”

“Politicians are not the only persons who make mistakes. Media practitioners, like all human beings, can also make mistakes, and, when they do, they should have the humility to acknowledge their error, and not have their misdeeds atoned under the guise of ‘media freedom’. Irresponsible media practice is an abuse of freedom of expression, not its manifestation.”

Story filed by Marion Elorm Debrah.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

Two persons arrested in Volta Region for peddling narcotics

SOURCE: GNA The Ketu Divisional Police Command has arrested two suspects, Kpelly Kwame, 29 and Anani Sasu, 19, for peddling...

Minerals Commission shuts down operations at MAXAM Ghana

By Desmond Cudjoe The Minerals Commission has closed down the operations of MAXAM following the January 18, 2022, explosion at Appiate in the Prestea-Huni Municipality...

Ghana to face Nigeria in World Cup play-offs

The Black Stars will face the Super Eagles of Nigeria as both sides battle for a spot at the 2022 FIFA World Cup scheduled...

Black Stars Coach Milovan sacked! Possible replacements emerge

By Vanessa Adjei          The Ghana Football Association, GFA has sacked Black Stars Head Coach, Milovan Rajevac. The GFA decision follows an emergency meeting...

WACAM, others intensify calls for responsible, safe mining practices

Wassa Association of Communities Affected by Mining, WACAM, and the Center for Environmental Impact Analysis have reiterated their call on all mining companies to...

More Articles Like This