Culture of silence: Some journalists protect the status quo for money - Manasseh
- Manasseh Azure Awuni bemoans the return of culture of silence under Akufo-Addo
- He alleges that some journalists refuse to speak up because they are scared to lose their jobs
- He was speaking on 3FM’s midday news and monitored by YEN.com.gh
Investigative journalist and editor-in-chief of The Fourth Estate, Manasseh Azure Awuni, on Monday disclosed that some journalists shy away from criticising the ills of the current administration to enrich themselves.
He was speaking on 3FM’s midday news in reaction to Sam Jonah’s remarks that those who used to speak against the ills of society are now silent under the administration of President Nana Akufo-Addo.
“Irrespective of whatever terminologies one will have to use, the fear is real,” the award-winning investigative journalist stated.
“There are some of us journalists,” he continued “who have imposed the culture of silence on ourselves for the fear of losing their jobs or to make money so we protect the status quo.”
Awuni was recently tapped to be the editor-in-chief of The Fourth Estate.
A non-profit journalism project by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), The Fourth Estate focuses on investigative and in-depth reporting in the areas of corruption, human rights, health, environment, and journalism that is in the interest of the people.
“The Fourth Estate won't promise you perfection, which we will continuously strive for. But you can be assured of excellence and impactful journalism that is in the interest of the people,” he wrote on Facebook.
The development courted loads of congratulatory messages from his followers and colleagues.
Gary Al-Smith writes, “More oil on your wheels, senior. Best wishes Manasseh!
Naa Karley Abigail Clegg added: “Congrats Azure. Wishing you all the best.”
Ekue Mensa said: “This is big!! Congratulations, bro. Best wishes ”
Odadee King Nobert further observed: “Congratulations. What happens to your engagement with Ghanareport then?”
Kay Morgan said: “We also welcome this great force at this critical moment, we are ready to join in any aspect we can, to support and help Build our dear nation. God bless our homeland Ghana.”
Lawrence N Kwafo added: “Congratulations. Journalism doesn't have to be perfect but objective, fair, and free from biases and prejudices. All the best!”
In other news, half a dozen former pastors of Lighthouse Chapel International accused the church of not paying their contributions.
They are; Larry Odonkor, Emmanuel Oko Mensah, Edem Kofi Amankwa, Seth Sarpong Duncan, Edward Laryea, and Faith Fiakojo.
They resigned and sued the church for violating their rights.
They worked for a cumulative 42 years and five months without the payment of their pension contributions.
Payment of SSNIT is mandatory on employers on behalf of their employees.
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