License journalists to protect sanctity of profession– Kufuor

License journalists to protect sanctity of profession– Kufuor

Journalism has been known to be a profession that does not need any particular license to practise

Former President, John Agyekum Kufuor, has expressed the need for licensing of journalists to help curtail the disrespect people have for the profession.

Kufuor said the media has, in the past, produced fine practitioners, hence the need to protect the sanctity of the profession.

The former Ghanaian leader made the comments at the launch of the 70th Anniversary of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) in Accra on Tuesday, 28 May 2019.

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He added that during his term as president, his government was committed to strengthening the media landscape and also deepening democracy.

Kufuor observed that Ghana's darkest day had been when the media was muzzled, hence, commended President Akufo-Addo for assenting to the Right to Information Bill.

He further charged the leadership of the GJA to ensure that its members are monitored frequently and protected from assault.

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The former president also entreated journalists to be magnanimous enough to retract and apologise to people they publish wrong reports about in their line of duty.

He noted that: “To err is man and to forgive divine”, hence, it will be disastrous on the part of any journalist to refuse to retract and apologise for a wrong reportage.

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