By Iddi Yire/Josephine Dodoo, GNA
Accra, Aug. 15,
GNA - The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) at 70 is not only poised to mount
iron-clad defense of press freedom in Ghana, but also determined to repurpose
journalism to tackle social needs and governance issues.
Monney, the President of the GJA, said the Association had started pursuing
projects on sanitation, road safety and inclusive development.
He said media
houses like TV3, Citi FM, Peace FM and Joy FM, which were supposed to operate
within the confines of commercial imperatives make room for issues on
sanitation, road safety and indiscipline.
highly commendable. We appeal to all media houses to get on board," Mr
Monney stated on Thursday at the commemoration of the 70th Birthday of the GJA in Accra.
was to zoom in the historic lens and view with utmost appreciation the
inestimable sacrifice and magnificent vision of all founding fathers and
mothers who established the Africa Press Association, the precursor of the GJA
on 15th August, 1949.
come so far but we still have so far to go to shape a media system which will
be more credible, professional, ethical, responsible and responsive to the
developmental and democratic needs of the public," Mr Monney said.
welfare of our members and training of journalists locally and internationally
will received greater attention in the years to come."
President said: "By dint of will and the grace of God we shall succeed to
actualize the dreams of the patriots who founded the GJA."
Anaglate, a former Director-General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation
(GBC), who chaired the function, recounted that freedom of the press in Ghana
did not come on a silver platter.
who urged the National Media Commission (NMC) to protect press freedom in the
country, also appealed to the Commission to intervene in closure of Radio Gold
and others by the National Communications Authority (NCA).