Journalists Urged To Stay Neutral In Reporting On Elections 2016

Journalists Urged To Stay Neutral In Reporting On Elections 2016

Journalists have been cautioned to ensure a fair informed reportage even as the country goes into elections in November this year.

According to a statement from the National Media Commission journalist have an unflinching duty to provide the right and accurate information before, during and after the 2016 elections.

A statement signed by the Chairman of the Commission Kwasi Gyan Apenteng, opined that “in an election year the media will have to play its role and play it well. We know that many of the tragedies that have befallen some other countries have emanated from the misuse of the media for political purposes”.

Mr. Apenteng further noted that the onus is on the media and journalists to ensuring an informed society as well as a peaceful election.

"Luckily in Ghana we have a media environment that is regulated strictly by a constitution which is liberal and enables us to do many things," he said.

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"The main message is for professionalism. People must do the things they are thought as journalists. Let's get the basics right. That is check your facts, issue your correction at the first opportunity. Respect the views of all the various contenders in an issue as far as is possible to do," called for professionalism on the part of the journalists.

Kwasi Gyan Apenteng also stated that journalists must try as much as possible to remain neutral in their reportage.

"The position of journalists is not that we do not have our own views. We do but the very meaning of the word medium (media) requires us to stand in the middle and we have to stand there firmly and justly," he added.

Ghana will have its presidential and parliamentary elections on November 7, 2016.

 

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