The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has cautioned the media to exhibit a high sense of professionalism in their work to foster a successful general elections this year.
Roland Affail Monney, the GJA President, impressed upon them to uphold fairness and at all times ensure balanced reportage, particularly on political activities.
This year’s presidential and parliamentary elections, he said, are crucial, and a lot is expected of journalists to contribute positively to an incident-free electoral process.
“Do not inflame passions, but work harder to engender stability and social cohesion,” he said.
The GJA President, who was addressing an end-of-year party organised by the Ashanti Regional branch of the Association, cautioned the media to avoid sycophancy in the discharge of their duties.
“Do not allow politicians to take you for a ride”, he cautioned.
He said as journalists, they owe it a duty to the people to promote peace and unity for progress.
Mr George Ayisi-Boateng, a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), described the Region as the hot bed of Ghanaian politics.
This he said, comes with its own political dynamics and challenges, and therefore, it is the responsibility of the media to be circumspect about “what they put out there in the public domain in order to consolidate peaceful co-existence”.
Mrs Elizabeth Kankam-Boadu, Acting Regional Chairperson of the GJA, appealed to corporate institutions to come to the aid of the Association to help complete its Press Centre project.
The project, the first of its kind to be initiated outside Accra, the nation’s capital, has been stalled due to lack of funds.