Politics of Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Source: myjoyonline

Journalists’ pact with the people is to remain ethical, independent-Kwame Karikari

A media consultant is asking journalists to remain independent and true to their ethical standards as the country elect a new president in December.

Prof Kwame Karikari who is also the Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa said people fought for press freedom to wean the media from any form of control, insisting the media has no business allowing itself to be controlled by business or political influences.

He was speaking to Joy FM’s Evans Mensah shortly after eight political party leaders signed the Kumasi peace accord ahead of the December elections.

Key stakeholders including the police, the Electoral Commission, the Chief Justice were present to also endorse the message for peace.

Prof Karikari believes journalists can, for symbolic reasons, sign their own pact for peace but was quick to add that the journalists' true pact with the people is to be “truthful, ethical and professional.”

He said there are so many media organisations in Ghana succumbing to the whims of politicians; a practice he said has led to bias, prejudice and unprofessional conduct.

He said the media was used as the instrument for war in many places in Africa where there were election related violence and warned the situation could happen in Ghana.

He charged media owners to be more responsible and be assertive to the rights of independence.