Media consultant Prof. Kwame Karikari is asking journalists to remain independent and true to their ethical standards as the country elects a new president in December.
Also the Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa, Karikari said that people fought for press freedom so that no corporate or political interests could influence or slant reportage.
He was speaking to Joy FM’s Evans Mensah shortly after eight political party leaders signed a peace accord called the Kumasi Declaration ahead of the December elections. Key stakeholders at the meeting including the police and the Chief Justice also endorsed the message of peace.
Karikari believes that journalists can, for symbolic reasons, sign their own pact for peace, but that their true pact with the people is to be “truthful, ethical and professional.”
He said that so many media organisations in Ghana have succumbed to the wills of politicians, a trend that he said has led to biased reporting, prejudice and unprofessional conduct.
He reminded listeners that the media was used as an instrument for war in many African states that suffer from election-related violence and warned the same could happen in Ghana.
He challenged media owners to be more responsible and to insist on their right to independence.