A Senior Lecturer and Media Consultant to the Ghana Journalist Association, (GJA), Dr. Bonnah Koomson has advised journalists not to be swayed by their partisan and ideological affiliation to mislead the public with inaccurate and biased election reportage.
He intimated that in as much as media practitioners are not barred to belong to a political party, that legitimacy should not in any way be compromised as they are duty-bound to sustain the country’s prevailing peace and stability through balanced reportage. Dr. Koomson advised on a day media engagement on election reporting jointly organized by the GJA and the Electoral Commission.
In all about 30 journalists drawn from the Northern, North East, Upper East, and Upper West Regions attended the training workshop.
They were schooled on the GJA guidelines on election reporting as well as electoral laws and preparations among other topical electoral issues. For his stressed that per the GJA guidelines on election coverage, Journalists are mandated to cross-check every piece of information that they receive and be fair to all subjects of the news. He acknowledged that journalists can monitor election results and inform the public with provisional results, but warned that anything short of ethical reporting amounts to an electoral offense punishable by law.
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