CPP to revamp Ghana News Agency

By
Francis Ameyibor, GNA

Accra, Aug. 30, GNA – A Government of the
Convention Peoples Party (CPP) would revamp the Ghana News Agency as part of
government’s comprehensive communication policy to harness the information arm
of the State to build a viable, united Ghana.

The government media transformation agenda
would hinge largely on the GNA to provide effective news to feed both local and
international media and also a critical function that strengthens media
institutional operations.

“Within the context of the 1992
Constitution, we pledge to uphold all the freedoms granted to the media in this
country,” Mr Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, CPP 2016 Presidential Nominee told the
GNA in Accra.

The CPP Presidential Nominee noted that the
GNA must be re-structured to play a lead role in the development of the country
through dissemination of high quality news and information throughout Ghana,
Africa and the World.

Mr Greenstreet who was explaining the
party’s policy direction towards the media also admitted that with freedoms
must come responsibilities and the assurance that media work conforms to the
values of the society.

He said a CPP Government would see to the
immediate passage of the Right to Information Bill, and the Ghana Broadcasting
Bill, as well as empower the National Film and Television Institute, the Ghana
Broadcasting Corporation, Ghanaian Times, and Graphic Communications Group
Limited.

He said a CPP Government would work closely
within the Constitution to empower the National Media Commission (NMC) to play
its role effectively while strengthening relationship with the Ghana
Journalists Association, Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association, and other
media outlets.

Mr Greenstreet, said the agency has over the
years maintained a very strong working relationship with the Electoral Commission,
and National Commission for Civic Education and “we will make maximum use of to
the benefit of Ghanaians, which will also impact positively on the project”.

He said a CPP Government would provide
platforms that raise and amplify the voices of the vulnerable, women, youth,
marginalised and deprived communities and groups, and enable them to define and
articulate issues of importance to them.

The CPP Presidential Nominee noted the need
to deepen and increase media capacity, including local language media, to
generate and circulate quality information with which citizens could make
informed decisions and choices and hold duty bearers accountable for their
actions.

Mr Greenstreet said CPP Government would
raise the broadcast standards through the creation of a Broadcast Standards
Board (BSB) to ensure that the nation’s airwaves are free of images and
messages that undermine social and moral values, such as the glorification of
violence and the degradation of women in movies and music.

Touching on Advertising in Ghana, he said a
CPP Government would outlaw the use of foreign-made commercials on Ghanaian
airwaves as a way to help local media houses build their capacity and create
employment while promoting a Ghanaian view of social and economic reality.

He said the CPP would also regulate the
quality of advertisements to strike a balance between commercial interests and
social values; build media capacity with various professional organisations to
help raise the quality of media practice in Ghana to world standards.

Professor Edmund Nminyem Delle CPP Chairman
noted that the Party’s media reforms would also focus the general agenda, which
is more in tune with public needs and away from a perceived bias toward
corporate (or, in many cases, government or political) biases.

He said: “Our government will place strong
emphasis on creating enabling environment to those who are marginalised or
semi-marginalised by their individual incomes, immutable characteristics or
desperate conditions to possess access to means of publication and
dissemination of information”.

Prof Delle said the NMC would be empowered
through legislative structures to make it more functional.

He said a CPP Government would transform the
media landscape through legislative packages that would significantly reshape
Ghana’s media industry.

He said: “The journalists must be paid his
due, there must be laws to protect him, and we must create the enabling
environment for him to work effective without looking behind.”

GNA

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