Friday 9th September, 2016
Dennis Peprah, GNA
Sunyani, Sept. 9,
GNA – Dr Seidu Alidu, a political science lecturer, has asked journalists and
media practitioners to adhere to professional ethical standards, as the
December Elections approaches.
Dr Alidu, a Lecturer
at the University of Ghana, said it was necessary for journalists to maintain
high professional and ethical standards in executing their constitutional
obligations with impeccable integrity.
He gave the advise
at a one-day workshop on a peace campaign for election 2016 organised by the
National Media Commission (NMC) with support from the United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) for a section of the media in Sunyani.
Dr Alidu, who is a
Consultant to the UNDP, urged the media to intensify public education on the
need for national peace, since he added “the interest of most politicians
is to win elections and they can do all what it takes to achieve their
He admitted that
though the condition of service in some media organisations were not good,
journalists and media practitioners must take advantage of information
communication technology to explore other professional opportunities to enhance
their living conditions.
He said poor
conditions of service must not be a “yardstick for the media to be
corrupted” and entreated practitioners to endeavour not to “sell
their conscience to politicians”.
Dr Alidu called on
journalists to blacklist or avoid giving audience to political parties and
their candidates whose utterances had the potential to inflame passions and
cause conflicts in the country.