Nana Afia Siraa-Ababio III, Werempehemaa of Berekum Traditional Area, who is also Queen Mother of Kato, has commended journalists in the Brong Ahafo Region for their immense contribution in making the region popular. Her Royal Highness made this remarks on the World Press Freedom Day which is celebrated on every 3rd May annually in an exclusive interview with KkbPortal.

Nana Hemaa who doubles as the Executive Director of EoHOPE Foundation & Founder of Akcomlip-Gh (Community Mobile Library) observed that irrespective of the many challenges some media practitioners are facing in the region including no or low irregular salaries, unavailability of logistics, lack of recognition and denial of attention by some resource persons in the region, they have been able to make the region visible in terms of cultural an traditional heritage, sports, tourism, academia, etc in the nation building process. She noted that journalism as a profession is divine, hence practitioners should live a life of integrity and worthy of emulation. She added that when journalists in the region unite they can fight for a good course and win national and international awards for the region. They can also shape the thinking of the residents to be responsible and accountable.

The indefatigable philanthropist and women advocate stated that, the day also accords a moment for owners of media houses to reflect on the remunerations and conditions of service of their employees. No one labours to the brim on an empty stomach she opined.

To practitioners, she pleaded with them to be precise, objective, and fair, establish facts and clear all doubts in course of their duty. She opted that, derogatory stories that are detrimental of the image of the region if possible should be reconsidered before published or spewed onto our airwaves. To the residents, Nana Afia Siraa called on them to be law abiding and maintain their hospitable and tolerant nature to ensure peaceful co-existence between them and the journalists to save the region from any form of defamation.

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