Two times Ghana Journalists Association’s (GJA’s) award winning journalist, Samuel Akapule, has advised his colleague media practitioners to be circumspect in their reportage as the the December 7 polls draw nearer, so as to avoid chaos. “Let’s remember that there is no democracy after War”, he admonished.
He observes there is no doubt the mass media is the backbone of democracy through the free flow of information and the exchange of ideas which are essential to any democracy.
Making a presentation at capacity building on media reportage for the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections and highlights of Constitutional Instrument (C.I) 94 for media practitioners in Bolgatanga, Mr. Akapule, said the media provides information that determines voting patterns of voters and as such, practitioners must be professional in disseminating information.
According to him, the media in a democratic dispensation is the most powerful institution for checks and balances. He emphasised that in modern context it is even powerful than the executive and the judiciary, when viewed from the perspective of the masses.
Mr. Akapule regretted some media houses have been reduced to mere propaganda machinery, thus reneging on their core functions. “The situation is even worsened when politicians establish their own media outlets to promote their selfish political interest at the expense of the security of the nation. Here, the core role of the media as watchdog is thrown to the dogs. However, the security of the state should not be compromised at all”‘ he stated.
He however said for there to be free and fair elections, the media has to give equal access to all political parties’ candidates to project themselves and their policies.