Peace Council Prepares Media For 2020 Polls


Professor Emmanuel Asante, Chairman of the National Peace Council

About 20 journalists from selected media
houses in the Greater Accra Region have benefitted from a workshop that seeks
to empower journalists with the needed tools and skills to promote peace and
avert conflict in the upcoming elections.

The two-day workshop which consisted of
modules on avoidance of intemperate language, peace reporting and facts
checking was part of series of engagement organized by the National Peace
Council (NPC) to build capacity of media practitioners towards the conduct of
peaceful elections.

So far, some editors, media owners and
reporters within the Volta, Ashanti, Greater Accra, Western and Northern
regions have benefited from the initiative which is being funded by the Danish
government through its Embassy in Ghana.

Speaking at the opening session of the
workshop held in Accra, under the theme, “Covering conflict and how to avoid
intemperate language.” the acting Executive Secretary of NPC, George Amoh
emphasised the importance of pre-election engagements in previous elections by
saying that it “has been one of the secrets for peaceful elections in this

He indicated that the unprecedented nature
of the upcoming general election in 2020, where a former president would be
contesting a sitting president was likely to present new dynamics to the
context of elections.

“It is therefore very imperative that
we prepare ourselves adequately so that we do not find this country in any kind
of violence” he said. 

Mr Amoh also tasked journalists to report
in manners that would sustain the peace of the country, by saying that “it
would be disastrous for me and you to leave this country worst than it were
after 2020.”

The Chairman of the Greater Accra Peace
Council, Rev. Samuel Osabutey, for his part, said that journalism, beyond
dissemination of information, should be seen as a profession that counter hate
speech and also create an environment of balanced opinions. 

A facilitator of the workshop, Emmanuel
Dogbevi, who is the executive director of Newsbridge Africa, a media training
firm said the journalists should not stoop low to become rumour peddlers or
allow their platforms to be used to make allegations against others.

“Journalists should not be peddling rumours or making allegations. You should be publishing facts.  That is what separates you from the public,” he said.

By Issah Mohammed


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