Okyehene Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin II, has urged the media to continue to effectively play their gate-keeping role in Ghana’s democracy.
He said the trust reposed in the media leaves journalists and media practitioners with a heavy duty to be highly professional.
Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin II, who is also president of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs, recounted the enormous contribution of journalists in the country’s development and also urged that journalists endeavour to always separate opinion from facts.
He expressed worry about how some radio presenters sometimes expressed their opinion on issues and portrayed them as facts; a phenomenon he said usually distorts issues and misinforms the populace.
The Okyehene made the remarks when the Eastern regional branch of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) paid a courtesy call on him at Ofori Panyin Fie at Kyebi.
The Eastern Regional Chairman of the Association, Maxwell Kudekor, posited that the GJA was working to redirect its members’ focus from sensational and partisan journalism to development issues.
According to him, the Eastern Regional branch of GJA had put in measures to encourage members to use their platforms to project the region in a positive light, and also hold leaders accountable.
Mr Kudekor said one strategy to whip up journalistic interest in development issues, is to institute a regional awards scheme to recognise journalists and media practitioners whose works had impacted positively on the masses as well as those who distinguish themselves as professionals.
The Regional GJA Chairman took the opportunity to invite Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin to grace the maiden Regional GJA Awards slated for Friday, 15 June 2018, in Koforidua, under the theme: “Repositioning the Eastern Region for Investment and Job Creation: Role of the Media.”
Other members in the GJA delegation that called on Okyehene were McAnthony Dagyenga (Regional Secretary), Edmund Quaynor (former Regional Chairman), Emmanuel Asamoah (Member) and Ebenezer Ayeh (Member).