Don’t become stooges to politicians - NMC urges journalists

Don’t become stooges to politicians - NMC urges journalists

The Chairperson of the National Media Commission, Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh, has urged the Ghanaian media to refrain from inviting political activists in every public discussion, irrespective of their competence and capacity to understand and appreciate the issues at stake.

He said it was prudent to invite individuals and personalities who were knowledgeable in the subject matter to ensure objective discourse, and not resorting to cacophonous support and loyalty to political parties anytime matters of public interest came up .

He said this at a durbar organised by the Ghana Journalists Association in Accra, to mark the 2019 World Press Freedom Day.

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”One of the mandates given to us in the Constitution is that, we have to hold government accountable to the people of this country, but when we take sides in partisan basis, we did not only lose our professional credibility, but we become stooges.

A journalist must exist because he is a journalist, a journalist must not exist because there was a politician, because we do not live our politics alone, but we also live our journalism and we need to make an impact,” he emphasised.

He therefore entreated Ghanaian journalists to engage in productive discussions that would educate the people to make informed decisions and hold every political leadership accountable.

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