Saturday, July 20, 2024

Do not allow politicians to influence you – Media Commission to journalists

Yaw Boadu Aryeh Boafo, the Chairman of the Ghana Media Commission, has issued a stern warning to journalists, urging them not to succumb to political pressures that may compromise the integrity of their work in a bid to ensure fair and unbiased reporting during the upcoming general elections.

During an interview with UNIIK Fm’s Benjamin Agyemag, Mr. Aryeh Boafo emphasized the importance of media independence and vigilance, cautioning against the undue influence of politicians on journalistic content.

He stressed that as the election season approaches, some politicians may attempt to sway presenters to disseminate false information, potentially inciting chaos among the public.

“Journalists play a crucial role in shaping public opinion, especially during elections. It is imperative that they remain vigilant and resist any attempts by politicians to manipulate them into spreading misinformation,” stated Mr. Aryeh Boafo.

Citing instances from other African countries where media houses have been influenced by political forces, resulting in conflicts and wars, the Chairman highlighted the potential dangers of succumbing to external pressures.

In a meeting with the Management and Staff of UNIIK Fm, Mr. Aryeh Boafo underscored the need for journalists to cross-check information before broadcasting it to the public.

He urged reporters to be circumspect in their coverage of political stories, emphasizing the responsibility they bear in maintaining the peace and stability of the nation.

Addressing another pertinent issue, Mr. Aryeh Boafo voiced support for a petition by the SDA Church urging the Electoral Commission not to schedule elections on a Saturday.

He echoed concerns about potential disenfranchisement of church members and called for a careful consideration of alternative dates to accommodate diverse religious practices.

Credit | Kwame Bomassah (UNIIKNews)

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