A Justice at the Supreme Court, Justice J.B. Akamba, has cautioned journalists to be cautious of their reportage for the sake of national security and unity.

?This year, I would like to encourage the media to use their weapons constructively, especially when criticising the actions and inactions of institutions like the judiciary,? Justice Akamba said during the swearing-in ceremony of Ernest Kakra Essamuah, a lawyer, in Accra, yesterday.

Justice Akamba further urged the NMC to reflect thoroughly on its past and future to ascertain the progress it had made so far to prepare themselves for the journey ahead.

?I would like to encourage the NMC to reflect on its mandate over the years and for the future,? he urged.

Kabral Blay-Amihere, Chairman of the NMC lamented that in spite of the effort being made by the Chief Justice to remind journalists about their sacred obligation to protect media freedoms through ethical journalism, ?media practitioners themselves have done little to promote national dialogue on fundamental issues.?

?Unfortunately, the media itself which is the direct beneficiary of Chapter 12 of the 1992 Constitution stands to lose,? if society decides to roll back on their rights to free press, does little to promote national dialogue on these fundamental issues when they raised,? he bemoaned.

?The media is probably living faithfully by its adage that only bad news is good news fit to be published,? he added.

He entreated media houses to equally look at what he described as ?the bigger picture? of issues confronting the nation and refrain from what he said ?reading politics into contents? of their reportages.

Ambassador Blay-Amihere said although the deadline for the digital migration was two years away, the public was unaware of what digital migration was all about.

To this end, he said, ?The media should not wait to be told what may be going on quietly in corridors of the state and must begin asking questions in order to inform the public about this important process.?

??? Moment of silence

The occasion was used to honour to the celebrated journalist, Komla Dumor, who died last Saturday.

Justice Akamba in his tribute to the BBC main anchor said, ?Komla Dumor who passed on over the weekend, life though short, demonstrated to the world what the Ghanaian indeed the African, is capable of attaining excellence.?

The Ambassador also eulogized him as a professional journalist who decided to be non-partisan throughout his career.

?Melvin Tarlue & George Edem Tamakloe


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