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JOURNALISM AND MEDIA DEVELOPMENT IN GHANA
Story by Mauricia Anambire
The invaluable contribution of journalism in the development of every nation cannot be glossed over. Being a student journalist who is interested in the contribution of Journalism towards Ghana’s development, I have been rummaging through books and other areas of intellectual discourse on this issue. Also fortunate to acquire professional skills at the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) by renowned Journalists such Desmond Lamptey –who works at Class FM and Agyenim Boateng – Manager for radio GIJ, I have come to appreciate the role of Journalism in national development. The role of Journalism entails a significant obligation and responsibility, the discharge of which requires Journalists to have high ethical standards and to practice sound professional journalism with intelligence, accuracy, objectivity and fairness all aimed at developing people and subsequently nations.
The media as a whole is expected to be well-focused on development issues, educating the public and entertaining instead of turning itself into an instrument of blackmail, intimidation, tyranny and an agent of confusion, conflicts, anarchy and chaos. Although Chapter 12 Article 162 Clause 4 of the 1992 constitution states “Editors and Publishers of newspapers and other institutions of mass media should not be subject to control or interference by Government nor shall they be penalized or harassed for their editorial opinions and views on the content of their publications”.
I am of the opinion that events elsewhere especially on the African continent should be a guiding principle to Ghanaian Journalists who prefer to be interested in reporting on divisive political issues, ethnicity and religious differences. Every country has its ethnic and tribal values which Journalists must at times respect. Article 6 of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) code of conduct states “A Journalist should not originate material which encourages discrimination on the grounds of ethnicity, colour, creed, gender or sexual orientation”. Likewise the National Media Commission hand out on broadcasting standards states, “Broadcast programmes should avoid all indecency and incitement to ethnic, religious or sectional hatred and disaffection”. Going forward it is important for media practitioners to consider properly the range of ethical values at stake and be in the best position to make the most appropriate personal decision having considered all the benefits and consequences.
This is so touching
A young boy of about 17 who is able to compose this beautiful and heart touching poem
Darkness show up when there is no sun
Children have no fun
Is a period without sound
On the ground dew are found
Learning good this time
Consequently, there come these slow steps "thum" "thum"
Secretly breaking through doors, picking valuable items and take life critically
Screaming bitterly brings all out
Run with their mask and weapon like a horse in a race
Dangerous animal bite during the same period
Car crash when they are present
Darkness is a way by which people make cruel things
Happy are people where there is day
Fear and problem go away
Now the vulnerable can play
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people in axim have many rich citizens but among them is a gentle man called
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