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