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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.
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Rihanna Joins #EndSARS protest
American singer Rihanna
Wed, 21 Oct 2020
Source: Ghana Crusader
Barbadian Singer and makeup brand owner Rihanna, has joined the online protest to end police brutality in Nigeria.
According to reports, there’s been a heavy shooting at the Lekki Toll Gate area in Lagos today, as #EndSARS protesters defy a government curfew to continue their demand to end police brutality.
Badgalriri on her Instagram says she can’t bear to see this torture and brutalization that is continuing to affect nations across the planet.
Plan to withdraw US soldiers sparks anxiety in Somalia
President Donald Trump had promised to withdraw all soldiers in peace missions abroad (AFP)
Mon, 19 Oct 2020
Plans by the United States to withdraw its troops from Somalia has caused anxiety among partners involved in the war against terror in the country, with appeals for Washington to reconsider its decision.
There were reports that President Donald Trump had asked his top security advisers to draw up a plan for the withdrawal of US troops from Somalia in order to fulfill a 2016 campaign promise to bring US soldiers home from places like Afghanistan, Syria, and Germany.
While the plan to withdraw from Somalia is not yet concrete, it could leave the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) less effective, given that the US troops have been providing essential aerial surveillance on Al Shabaab activities and helping in air bombardment using drones.
Somalia President Abdullahi Muhammed Farmajo tweeted that his government wants the US troops to stay. “The United States military support to Somalia has enabled us to effectively combat Al Shabab and secure the Horn of Africa. A victory through this journey and for Somali-US partnership can only be achieved through continuous security partnership and capacity building support,” he said tweeted.
The US maintains between 600 and 800 troops in Somalia that work closely with Amisom and the Somalia National Army (SNA) in combating Al Shabaab.
The US Africa Command (Africom) helped set up an elite Somali counterterrorism unit, the Danab Advanced Infantry Brigade, in which the US troops have been assisting in operations against Al-Shabaab.
The US forces have also been collaborating with Amisom, especially the Kenyan confinement, in the drone pre-emptive attacks against Al Shabaab leadership.
Amisom spokesperson Col Charles Okongo Ambiakha told The EastAfrican that it will be up to the United Nations Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council to give guidance on the way forward should the US troops withdraw.
“However, we at Amison are committed to fulfilling our mandate as stipulated in UN Security Council Resolution 2520 (2020), as we prepare to hand over security responsibility to Somali Security Forces by December 2021,” said Col Ambiakha.
The Resolution 2520 adopted in May while noting that the situation in Somalia continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security, directed that Amisom should maintain the deployment of 19,626 uniformed personnel until February 28, 2021, when the force is supposed to start the process for full withdraw from Somalia since it entered the country in 2007.
This includes a minimum of 1,040 Amisom police personnel including five Formed Police Units, to support security preparations for 2020/21 elections and complete the plan for the handover of security to Somali security forces.
While Amisom troops have been the target of attack by Al Shabaab, the militants in January 2020, attacked a US and Kenyan military base in Manda Bay Airfield in Lamu, killing one US serviceman and two Department of Defense contractors. In September, the US Africa Command’s director of intelligence, Heidi Berg, expressed concern that Al Shabaab was becoming more emboldened in targeting troops.
Thomas Partey reveals why he kept his move to Europe secret
Ghanaian player, Thomas Partey
Mon, 19 Oct 2020
Ghana superstar, Thomas Partey has revealed why he kept his move top Europe from his friends with the exception of his father.
The midfielder left Tema Youth at a very tender age to join Atletico Madrid for trials.
So to make sure nothing could jeopardise his dream move, he kept it secret from all of his friends and family, with the exception of his father.
"My dad knew about it but then I told him not to tell anyone," Partey said. "There was a saying that when everybody knows about your move, they can disturb you. That's mostly in Ghana because I was playing with my friends and you never know what someone is thinking, so we just had to keep it secret until everyone saw it.
"I wanted to play outside Ghana and I was focused on playing with the great people we saw on TV because we used to watch La Liga, the Premier League, so many leagues. All my inspirations played in that league.
"Moving to Spain taught me a lot and I've learnt a lot from it, how to take decisions on my own, how to be perfect, how to try to go through hell. But then you know that after the hell, you have important things ahead that you can enjoy.
"I'll always take those challenges and I know that with all these challenges, you'll be able to make it."
Partey made his debut on Saturday against Manchester City.