The National Media Fee (NMC), has cautioned journalists to prevent being employed as conduits for the propagation of pretend information.
Chairman of the Commission, Yaw Boadu Ayeboafoh mentioned journalists have to be industry experts and do their operate in the way that they were properly trained to.
Mr Ayeboafoah gave the caution all through the flag-elevating ceremony to mark the Entire world Press Independence Day in Accra.
The party, which was organised by the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), in collaboration with the UNESCO, was on the concept: “Journalism without the need of Fear or Favour”.
The once-a-year celebration, which fell on Sunday, May well 3, serves as an occasion to notify citizens of the violations of press independence.
In 1993 the United Nations Standard Assembly proclaimed May 3 as the Globe Push Liberty Working day subsequent a suggestion adopted at the 26th Session of UNESCO’s Basic Conference in 1991.
Mr Ayeboafoah said the concept for the celebration intended that journalists need to be as goal as they could and as fearless as achievable.
“We must look at out from the circulation of information that has not been verified. Indeed, it is a single of the biggest threats to our occupation in the midst of the pandemic….,’’ he mentioned.
“We are not just social media commentators. We are the experts who are discharging the duty of providing data that is important for the education and learning of our persons. What it usually means, for that reason, is that it is not just about every facts that we see on social media that we will have to replicate.”
Mr Ayeboafoh noted that journalists were not less than any obligation to publish something that arrived their way, introducing: “If we do that then there is no variance in between us and these who have no job in anyway. But our assert to liberty is the simple fact that we serve the curiosity of our people.”
“We do not owe an obligation to anyone, our most important obligation is to ourselves, to make sure that we are living our profession and observe it the way that it is intended to be practiced so that we repeatedly continue being appropriate to the advancement of our culture.”
He stated although no one particular understood the scientific perspective of the genesis of the COVID-19 that should really not make journalists purchase into any information that arrived their way without having looking for factual clarification of that piece of data just before passing it on.
“We ourselves (the NMC) was lately at the conclude of remaining bashed with phony information and facts. What was it? That we experienced banned some mallams and fetish monks from functioning on radio and television,” Mr Ayeboafoh explained.
“And we experienced not done any such issue. What bothered us was not about the subtlety of that facts. Our dilemma was the airing of that information and facts on mainstream media who have some means of examining, at least, we know about sourcing,” he included.
He mentioned that it was the fundamental prerequisite in journalism, that journalists have to verify the sources of information.
He explained what some of the mainstream media did in that occasion was the opposite of the professionalism they experienced been skilled for.
Mr Ayeboafoh cautioned the media to steer clear of creating mistrust among the general public via the dissemination of phony news adding that that was hazardous to the occupation.
He explained journalists must continue being appropriate to society at all moments.