The Minister of Communication, Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful has called on academia to explore ways by which social media can be regulated without undermining media freedom ahead of next year’s general elections.
She said government will partner operators of the major social media platforms to reduce the spread of fake news. Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful made the remark at the inauguration of a Broadcasting training studio for the Wisconsin International University College in Accra.
The multi purpose studio, which is valued at thousands of dollars can accommodate up to four (4) cameras during a television production and can host four (4) people for radio production.
According to the Communication Minister, the establishment of the state of the Art Broadcast studio by the University will help boost governments resolve to ensure at least 70 percent local content after the country moves from analogue to digital braodcast by the end of the year.
She said the fast evolution of technology has made the establishment of such facilities necessary to meet international standards.
Mrs. Owusu Ekuful expressed concern at the misuse of social media during elections.
“Next year is an election year. What can we do to sanitize not just the airwaves but social media platforms so that they will not be used to cause fear and panic…..so i throw that challenge to students of Communication to explore the ethical dimensions of the work and provide policy makers with suggestions and not create the monster that led to the Rwanda massacre”
Dean of the school of Communications of the university Prof Kwame Karikari made an appealed to the Minister, to assist the school to acquire a frequency to operate a radio station.
“How are we going to add value to ths studio, they (The chancellor and board) are harrasing me to set up a radio station for the uiversity. All we need is a frequency tha will cover our area to develop a broadcasting training program for community service.”
The school which begin with nine (9) students 20years ago now has a student population of more than 4 thousand from over 25 African countries.
Story by Nathaniel Nartey.