The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has commended the media for the tremendous role played in the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.
According to the GJA, the life-threatening experiences, as well as the inestimable sacrifice, sleepless nights, boundless energy, patriotic zeal, reportorial skills, editorial competence, analytical power and projectional acumen journalists and media houses displayed deserve fulsome commendation and not outright condemnation.
In a statement signed by the GJA President, Dr Roland Affail Monney, the Association recognised that leading members of the two major political parties – the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have publicly applauded the media for a good job done in the coverage of the elections.
It noted that soon after the declaration of the presidential election results, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in a victory speech at his Nima residence, said: “The praise of the nation goes to the media for the extensive coverage provided before, during and after the conduct of the polls”.
Similarly, the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, at a press conference at the NDC Headquarters in Accra after the declaration of the results, said: “The media have followed us all along the line, carrying our complaints and reservations up to this stage”.
GJA stated that these submissions by two stalwarts of the NPP and the NDC vindicate its high commendation of the media for a good job done.
However, the GJA noticed that although there were few instances of imperfections in the coverage of the elections, these imperfections did not, and cannot, obscure the fact that the media generally excelled of which Ghanaians must be proud.
GJA therefore said nothing justifies the verbal attacks, blazing threats and cyber-bullying being perpetrated against certain journalists and media houses for performing their electoral duty and executing their constitutional mandate.
“The anti-media brew which is bubbling in certain political circles is inimical to press freedom and dangerous to our democracy. This must stop forthwith,” GJA cautioned perpetrators.
GJA reaffirmed its unwavering, unshakable and irrevocable commitment to stand by all media practitioners in the aftermath of the 2020 elections.
“This has been an election with heightened tension, tremendous challenges and enormous risks occasioned by gunshots which left two journalists critically injured at the Ablekuma Central Collation Centre in Accra,” GJA noted.
It again called on conscientious and dutiful citizens of this country to rise and defend the media from any ‘bullet attacks’ and ‘bloodshed calls’ targeted at journalists.
“The GJA encourages all journalists to go about their professional work unafraid and unintimidated. They should also inject the highest degree of circumspection in their work and do nothing to fan the flames of tension nor stoke the embers of violence,” GJA stated.
GJA also appealed to the media community to lend their full support to moves to calm down tempers and pull the nation back from the precipice it finds itself.
Ghana | Atinkaonline.com