Journalists in the country have been urged to be guided by the ethics of the profession in order not to jeopardize the peaceful atmosphere the country currently enjoys.
The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah who gave this admonishment observed that journalists for the past had helped in shaping the country’s democracy however some media reports in one way or the other have dented the image of the country to the investor community.
The minister made these observations during the launch of a maiden awards ceremony of the Upper East Regional branch of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) held in Bolgatanga.
“There are journalists who write things on the internet about their country, about their economy without deep care of its consequences on the global state or the global investor community. There are people who write about their own regions in a manner that even if some investor is thinking about coming into your region, will not necessarily encourage that person that he wants to bring an investor here”.
Mr. Nkrumah entreated journalists to always crosscheck information before putting it out on the public domain.
Upper East Regional Chairman of GJA, Eric Amoh said the purpose of organizing the awards for practitioners in the region is in recognition to the strives journalists go through in projecting the region and the country as a whole.
“For us in the Upper East Region, we have done so well and we may not be praised from the outside. Because of that, we praise ourselves. Most of us have done so much good works for years and I think that, it is time we get recognized and rewarded”, he said.
The maiden awards ceremony is under the theme ‘sustaining the peace in Upper East Region: role of the media’.
In all, 11 awards are available for grasp by members and non-members of the GJA working in the Upper East Region.