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Monday, August 8, 2022

Reality Check


Samuel Okudjeto Ablakwa, Deputy Information Minister, made the headlines last week when he gleefully counseled

media houses to concentrate more on development issues as opposed to what he described as prosecuting a hate agenda.

Great admonition it was, especially since development is such a serious subject we cannot afford to sweep under the carpet.

Unfortunately, the Deputy Minister is however oblivious to the nuances of media operations especially the print segment.

Media reportage is not only about the completion of a KVIP place of convenience in Nkenkansu or Tefle or even in Hamele.

It is more than that and entails, among others, blowing the lid off the improprieties of greedy bastards in the presidency so that internationally-acclaimed best practices can be applied in our part of the world. This too is about development.

The ability of a newspaper and by extension other media managers, to run their outfits and post healthy journals at the end of the year spells the difference between a bad operation and the contrary.

In the media industry therefore, if the Deputy Minister cares to know, bad news is good news, that is the stark reality and we are being blunt.

Some months ago, the Deputy Minister was singing a different tune and so we are amazed and relish the reality check which has influenced the varied tunes.

The case of such a Deputy Minister who some months ago epitomized the hate journalism which he today seeks to relegate to the background, after sowing its seed, can pass for a classic irony.

His sabre-swinging rhetoric became synonymous with his person as he and his colleagues, in an obsessive quest for power, hopped from one radio station to another spreading hatred.

Today, that pastime is being pushed to the background as Ghanaians are being served a different kettle of fish.

Yesterday, the fabrication of stories was good- tales about dead bodies being brought from Togo and dumped on the streets of Accra. Today, they are not, because the Deputy Minister of Information is a different person.

Newspapers the world over, sell news and nothing but news, occupations which require conversance with the industry, like any other business, to obviate running at a loss and eventually becoming bankrupt and folding up.

With the state in many a country now relinquishing their ownership of media houses, in line with a growing trend, the private sector role in this critical operation would soon become a norm rather than an exception.

Experts have opted for a private sector-led operation of the media if democracy is to make the desired impact.

This is a verifiable fact which should guide the Deputy Minister’s future remarks and admonitions if he insists in making them.

We in the Daily Guide, committed to the upholding of democratic values and conscious of the need to assist in steering this great country away from oppressors’ rule, would churn only the truth.

The truth that can enhance the democracy agenda that we have garnered from many years of operations is what many Ghanaians seek, and their unflinching patronage is a testimony.

We would not go the way of the Deputy Minister’s colleagues who churn out hate releases for the consumption of unsuspicious Ghanaians even from their seats at the Castle.

We feel sorry that some of our compatriots, out of a crazy obsession for power, would hurl invectives at others.

They attack not issues, but the messengers who only bring to the notice of Ghanaians the political happenings.

So who are those prosecuting a hate agenda in the country? One does not need to go far afield to find out. By their pastimes and contradictory remarks, they shall be easily marked out.

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