SAFEGUARD THE LIBERTIES OF JOURNALISTS - ACE JOURNALIST DENNIS KWADWO PEPRAH


Ace journalist and secretary of the Brong Ahafo branch of the Ghana Journalists Association is admonishing colleague journalists to abstain from unnecessary argument with people at public places.

Speaking to Kwasi Kumi Boadu on Sky Fm, Mr Dennis Kwadwo Peprah hinted many of the brutalities though unwarranted are caused by utterances of journalists at public places.

"As a journalist you should be mindful of your words, actions and inactions at public places, he observed.

 The Ghana News Agency newshawk cautioned journalists on their conduct noting that journalists ''are not a repository of  knowledge, and as such need to be tolerant in listening to the opinions of others. Our reportage and presentations should be devoid of biases which will trigger people to descend on us at an event" 

He however could not fathom why the public cannot exercise patience with their fellow human beings for publishing and throwing light on issues happening in their communities.

"Irrespective of the nature of an individual's occupation, there should be mutual respect for human rights. Journalists are the gate keepers and mouth piece to blow aloud their grievances. It is however a duty on the society  to safeguard the liberties of  journalists in their bid to trumpet the challenges in our societies"  Mr Peprah noted.

He was speaking on the backdrop of the commemoration  of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalist today. It is a UN-recognized day observed annually on 2nd November. The day focuses attention on the low global conviction rate for violent crimes against journalists and media workers, estimated at only one in every ten cases.

So far in 2018, a total of 11 journalists have been brutalized in the process of discharging their duties. The Ghana Journalists Association through the President Dr Rolland Affail Monney has issued various letters of condemnation against these atrocious acts threatening legal action against the perpetrators. 


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