By: Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh
ICT devices assembling giant, Rlg Communications Limited and the Private Newspapers Publishers Association (PRINPAG) have agreed to partner each other towards the strengthening of the journalistic practice in Ghana, especially among the private press.
The two institutions have consequently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on a wide range of areas, including capacity building and an outreach to private newspaper outlets across the country.
A joint statement issued in Accra said Rlg had agreed to generously provide funding for a number of interventions contained in the 2013 working document and plan of the umbrella body of private newspaper publishers, PRINPAG.
PRINPAG has lined up a number of activities, including seminars of reporters, editors and newspaper owners, as well as an encounter with other professional bodies whose work impacts on the media, such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG), Advertising Association of Ghana (AAG), National Media Commission (NMC), and the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) to brainstorm on best practices, as well as ethics and regulations.
The collaboration will also facilitate PRINPAG’s participation in two international events; 2 nd Turkey-Africa Media Forum in the Turkish capital, Ankara, in May, and the 65 th Congress of the World Association of Newspapers in Bangkok, Thailand, in June.
Reacting to the partnership, Group Head of Legal & Corporate Affairs Prosper Harrison Addo said: ‘As a proactive media friendly company, we feel obliged to offer support in any form to professional bodies such as PRINPAG, to ensure standards are kept, while providing them the opportunity to do what they do best.’
PRINPAG President and Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Guide newspaper, Mrs. Gina Blay, welcomed the partnership, describing it as ‘an attempt to promote a common cause of building a vibrant, and yet, productive private press in an advancing democracy.’