General News of Sunday, 26 August 2012
Manasseh Azure Awuni, a freelancer has emerged the 2011 Ghana Journalist Association's Journalist of the Year.
Azure capped a superb night where he won four other categories by emerging as the finest journalist in Ghana for the year 2011 at the 17th GJA Awards held at the Banquet Hall, State House.
A little over thirty awards were given to journalists and media houses who excelled during the year under review.
After his crowning as the best journalist in the country, an emotional Azure expressed gratitude to his father for the gift of education.
Azure, who at last year's edition of the GJA awards won three awards scooped the award which was won last year by Joy FM's Kweku Owusu Peprah.
Kweku Owusu took home the Best Report on HIV/AIDS award.
The theme for the awards was "Giving credence to elections and democratic stability: the role of the journalist" and was chaired by Professor Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, Director, Legon Center for International Affairs and Diplomacy, University of Ghana.
His Eminence Peter Cardinal Appiah Turkson, President Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the Vatican, who was the guest speaker called on journalists not to exploit the internal cracks of political parties for their selfish interest.
His Eminence Appiah Turkson advised journalists to unite the country with their reportage and not divide with bias reporting that would open ethnic cracks.
The awards were handed to journalists from print and electronic media houses. The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation had six of its journalist taking home various awards.
In his opening address, GJA President, Ransford Tetteh said the "Ghanaian media have a constitutional responsibility to enhance the transparency and credibility of all elections in Ghana under their broad constitutional mandate to promote the accountability of public officials to the governed."
Mr. Tetteh also added that the GJA is positioning itself with a series of training programmes for its members that would make them the forerunners in the coverage of the December 2012 elections.