I have often heard and read people say as journalists, we must be neutral and I ask; what the heck is neutrality?
A mouse that has its tail stepped on by an elephant in a fight will not be enthused with you when you say you are neutral. In the same way a rural dweller will not be happy when a journalist remains neutral in the governance of this nation of ours.
I keep asking these questions which are yet to be answered by those who say journalists must be neutral. In fact, as long as I am working for the people, I can’t remain neutral.
For instance, how can I be neutral when people tell me the contractor for the Bolga Bawku-Road is at the Tamale Airport and will move his equipment to the site when that is not true?
How can I be neutral when a deputy minister of roads, looks us in the face and tells lies that the Funsi town roads in Wa East have been tarred when he knows it’s not true?
How can I remain neutral when politicians want to use my sisters who through no fault of theirs find themselves in Accra and Kumasi as porters for politics?
How can I be neutral when my ethnicity is used for politics?
How can I be neutral when money meant for the development of my area is squandered by my own people?
How can I be neutral when people decide to throw caution to the wind and then insult my president because of where he comes from?
How can I be neutral when young politicians decide to disrespect elderly people because they don’t share same ideologies?
How can I be neutral when I know that all the political communicators think about is their parties and not the general populace?
How can I be neutral when money secured for a project is diverted somewhere only for us to go back asking for money for the same project?
How can I be neutral when instead of discussing the bread and butter issues, people go at each other?
How can I be neutral when religion which is seen as the opium of the masses is used to divide us?
I ask how can I be neutral? What the heck is neutrality?
I can be objective but I can’t be neutral so stop telling me to be neutral in the matter of governance.
Author: Lansah Musah, a Journalist