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Ghana Journalists Association pursues unionization for better service conditions

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Mr. Affail Monney - GJA President
Mr. Affail Monney – GJA President

President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Mr Roland Affail Monney has said the association is pursuing unionization as that holds the key to improved conditions of service for journalists.

“We have submitted an application to the chief labour officer for the GJA to be registered for the first time in its history as a union. Upon receipt of certificate of registration, we shall further apply for a collective bargaining certificate which will up-hoist the association as the appropriate agency to negotiate for terms and conditions of employment for our members”, the President said at the 20th GJA awards on Saturday.

Mr Monney added that the GJA was in the process of reviewing its code of ethics in response to changing trends in the profession, through the assistance of Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

He noted that while the Ghanaian media was exposing corruption, scrutinizing government’s behaviours and including the citizenry in public discourse, the flipside showed “a compulsive and obsessive politicization of issues except perhaps the air we breathe.”

The 20th GJA awards was themed “Ghana In Search of Reliable Energy to Power Development: The Role of The Media” in the context of Ghana’s current energy crisis which has adversely affected industry and the media.

The Chairman of the National Peace Council Rt Rev Prof Emmanuel Asante, reiterated the need for the media to focus on the implementation of Ghana’s second millennium compact through credible information dissemination, education and monitoring of the project.

“The media has a lot to do in ensuring that we come out of the woods”, he said.

The 20th awards saw 32 awards given to members who had shown excellence in duty.

Below is the list of awards and recipients:

Arts and Tourism – Rebekah Awuah, GBC 24

Crime and Court – Elvis Darko, The Finder.

Anti-corruption –Mabel Aku Baneseh, Daily Graphic

Education (electronic) – Wendy Laryea, TV3

Environmental Reporting –Daniel Nonor, The Chronicle

Investigative Reporting –Kwettey Nartey, Joy FM

Best Feature (print) – Jamila Okertchiri, Daily Guide

Best Feature (TV) –Seth Kwame Boateng, Multi TV

Small and Micro Enterprises –. Zadok Gyasi, Daily Graphic

MDG Reporting – Samuel Akapule, GNA

Narcotics – Kwettey Nartey , Joy FM

Sanitation –Della Russel Ocloo, Daily Graphic

Digital Journalism – Wendy Laryea, TV3

Photography – David Andoh, myjoyonline

Science – Gabriel Ahiagbor, Daily Graphic

Poverty Alleviation – Joseph Opoku Gakpo, Joy FM

Human Rights – Abdul Hayi Moomen, GBC

Agriculture – Gabriel Ahiagbor, Daily Graphic

Best Feature (radio) – Seth Kwame Boateng, Joy FM

Rural Reporting (child labour) – Kafui Kanyi, GNA

Rural Reporting – Albert Mario Noretti, Ghanaian Times

Education (print) – Doreen Hammond, Daily Graphic

Health – Samuel Kyei Boateng, Daily Graphic

Disability – Ayele Aryeetey, TV Africa

Best Ga Programme – Nii Adjei Klu, Obonu FM

Health – Nana Konadu Agyeman, Daily Graphic

Oil and Gas – Moses Aklorbotu, Daily Graphic

Business and Finance – Felix Klutse, Business Day Ghana

Sports – Benedict Owusu, Joy FM

Local Governance – Rebekah Ekpe, GBC Radio

Komla Dumor Most Promising Young Journalist – Seth Bokpe, Daily Graphic

PAV Ansah/GJA Journalist of the Year – Seth Kwame Boateng – Joy FM

By Emmanuel Odonkor

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