A round table forum in Kumasi on the media coverage of the 2012 general election was held on 14th February, 2013.
The programme was organized by the Ghana Journalist Association in collaboration with STAR/Ghana and KAB Governance Consult. It was attended by twenty (20) journalists from the regions. It was dubbed “Media Coverage of the 2012 elections, lessons for the future.
Dr Amoako Baah who gave the key note address noted that “democracy cannot be run on falsehood and half-truths. He called on journalist to educate the people and also asked politicians intelligent questions since politicians would never talk about sensitive and important issues.
Furthermore, Dr Baah who is a lecturer at the Department of History and Political Studies at KNUST charged journalist in the country not to allow politicians to do what they want to do and get away with it. He called for hard work and sacrifice on the part of journalists to make an impact on society, adding that, “there is no short cut to your work.”
Mr Kwasi Gyan Apenteng, a representative of the National Media Commission (NMC) also spoke on media professionalism in the coverage of the 2012 elections. He said journalists must be trained by way of capacity building and training workshops to enable them live up to expectation. He also called for adherence to the code of ethics of journalism by media practitioners to ensure decency in the discharge of their duties.
Present at the meeting were Mr Paul Adu-Gyamfi, a former Chairman of National Media Commission, Mr Bright Blewu, GJA General Secretary and Mr Afriyie Badu of GAB Governance Consult.
Source: ISD(Ashanti Region)