Comment: 12 shot dead in Paris, media threat heightens?

General News of Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Source: Dorcas Aba Annan | GhanaWeb

France Attack

Some gunmen attacked the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in the early hours of Wednesday January 7, 2015, killing 12 and injuring seven other people who were in the building.

Four of the magazine’s well-known cartoonists, including its editor, were among those killed, as well as two police officers.

Reports link the attack to Charlie Hebdo’s satirical role in their latest tweet of a cartoon of the Islamic State Militant group leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

This attack brings to bear the issue of “Press Freedom” which has its violations transcending into the hands of terrorists.

In Ghana, the media, which is the fourth estate of government, must take a cue from the Paris massacre to shield itself from any future attack from any level of terrorist group.

This threat is not far-fetched looking at the atrocities caused by terrorist group Boko Haram in neighbouring Nigeria and Cameroon.

The Paris attack will have an adverse effect on the minds of media practitioners especially those who work for satirical media outlets which might distort the content they produce; hence, denying the public their right to accurate and objective information.

Should the media device new ways of protecting itself from the “new” violators of press freedom? Will it be feasible?