Mr. Abdul Malik Jeleel, Executive Director, Ghana Media Advocacy Programme
Mr. Abdul Malik Jeleel, Executive Director, Ghana Media Advocacy Programme

He made the call on the media, Tuesday 1st March, 2016 at its secretariat in Accra during a press briefing regarding baseline survey of a public opinion on the Ghanaian media and this year’s election.

Mr. Abdul Malik Jeleel, Executive Director, Ghana Media Advocacy Programme
Mr. Abdul Malik Jeleel, Executive Director, Ghana Media Advocacy Programme

Jeleel said, the media is a key segment in our democratic and electoral processes and if care is not taking in relation to political neutrality and objectivity, it can jeopardize the political atmosphere and well sustained democratic environment enjoyed in the fourth republic of Ghana.

He said, even though the country experienced heated election in two successive terms, the media did well by leaving up to its ethics and standard with the exception of some media houses that had concerns with their ethics by election observers and the intellectual community
The survey would capture all the flash point known to be political violence prone areas in this country.

During the briefing, the press asked why the need of the survey and gave a response that, the survey report would help in determining what kind of capacity building media stakeholders ought to give to journalists especially host of political shows in the broadcast media.

He further said, concerns being raised by the public would be in the report which would be shared with the national media commission, Ghana Journalists Association, National Communications Authority, Center for Democratic Development, Media Foundation for West Africa, the Academia, and development Partners for related action plan towards November 7th poll.

He noted the press that, all media houses and their respective political programmes with red alert concerns would be made known to the public.

Jeleel’s call also advised the national media commission and all stakeholders for a national political communication policy as a framework that all political party’s communicators are supposed to adhere by statutory law as it has been done by other countries.

In conclusion, he reminds the public to cooperate with the exercise when a field officer comes to them or data entry officer sends an email for their cooperation.

Source: FESTUS KWAKU DOKU

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