By GNA Reporter
14, GNA – Most Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante, the Chairman of the National
Peace Council (NPC), has advised the media to be professional and be guided by
the traditional values of decorum in their work.
He said this
would help preserve both the sanctity of the media and the peace prevailing in
He said the
journalist in the Ghanaian cultural setting should be likened to the linguist
in the chief’s palace who as an intermediary and an interpreter, does not relay
the message in its raw form to the chef, but decodes and refines it in case of
any unpleasantness, before its final conveyance.
Failure to do
this breached customary laws and the linguist stood the danger to be sanctioned
for disrespecting the chief, he said.
Professor Asante, who said this when interacting with media editors in Kumasi,
said some of the customary and traditional practices in the country was akin to
and endorsed conventional professional practices, thus even the uninitiated
media practitioner who is well-cultured and groomed, could still do the right
with the editors was a prelude to a full day’s workshop held for journalists
across the country to sharpen their skills in writing the best reportage on
conflict sensitivities in Ghana before during and after the 2020 elections.
organized by a multi-stakeholder platform on peace and governance in Ghana.
made of the NPC, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Centre
for Democratic Development of Ghana (CDD), among other collaborators, seeks to
build consensus and strengthen partnerships with civil society organizations,
the media, government and the private sector towards developing pragmatic and
workable interventions to critical challenges.
The Chairman of
the NPC said the current environment occasioned by insults, political
invectives and chaos being perpetrated by some media practitioners, ostensibly
influenced by pecuniary considerations, had the potential to ignite conflicts
and must be avoided.
He termed these
forms of media practice as ‘gutter’ and ‘checkbook’ journalism and said the
media personnel must be able to decipher and sift through the derogatory,
unprintable as well as the hate speeches and instead use euphemisms, to put at
bay any potential to incite violence.
Professor Asante said the situation "where new stories are bought- while
pandering to the greed, vulnerability and the undiscerning gullibility of
people, these acts undermined the sanctity of the media." he said.
He praised the
media which has assumed a pivotal position in shaping public opinion and said
this could be leveraged to effectively to communicate the various
socio-political agenda, especially, in the promotion of national cohesion and
coexistence among modern ethnic, religious and political groups.