Speaking at a Press Soiree in Ho, Nii Afotey-Agbo said the government respected the essential role of the media as agents for holding government accountable to the people and for mobilizing the citizenry for development.
He said the element of responsibility required the media to exhibit high journalistic and ethical standards, bearing in mind the implications of information placed in the public domain.
Nii Afotey-Agbo indicated it was for that reason that government established the Media Development Fund to help upgrade professional standards among media practitioners, and advised journalists in the region to take advantage of opportunities offered by the Fund.
He also donated GHc2, 000 towards the Welfare Fund for Journalists in the Region.
Mr. Victor Kwawukumey, Volta Regional Chairman of the Ghana Journalists Association said Media Practitioners in the Region remained committed to the area’s development and would support any efforts to that end.
He, however, cautioned against the tendency of what he referred to as a “mafia” that had become intolerant of reports it considered as detrimental to its interests.
He said the permanent interest of the media in the region was to support developmental efforts, adding that “anything else is a deviation”.