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The Ghana Armed Forces, (GAF) as part of its preparation towards the December polls, has trained journalists in military reporting.

The one-day workshop which brought together about 20 Journalists, formed part of GAF’s “Operation Peace Trail” ahead of the general election.

Lieutenant Colonel Godwin Alexander Azara, Deputy Director, Land Operations,GAF told trainees that the military would deploy 6,000 troops throughout the country to ensure a conducive environment for the elections.

He said the role of GAF was to provide backup support to the Ghana Police Service hence the troops would be on standby.

He said the team, made up of personnel from the Army,Navy and Air force would be properly dressed in their respective uniforms on all operations.

He informed that the deployment would begin on December 4 across the nation and would withdraw men on December 15 if there was no run off. “In the event of a run off, the personnel would be withdrawn on January 10, 2021.”

Colonel Aggrey Quarshie, Director, Department of Public Relations, GAF, said the Military would ensure the safety of the general public and asked the citizenry not to panic at their sighting but cooperate with the officers for a peaceful election.

He advised the media to report ethically and avoid misleading information by fact checking before publication.

Journalists were taken though topics such as; GAF Rank Structure, Introduction to information security, Legal Security Implications of false Reporting, GAF Role during Elections and Ethical Military Reporting.

Participants were presented with certificates.

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The Ghana news Agency (GNA) was established on March 5, 1957, i.e. on the eve of Ghana's independence and charged with the "dissemination of truthful unbiased news". It was the first news agency to be established in Sub-Saharan Africa. GNA was part of a comprehensive communication policy that sought to harness the information arm of the state to build a viable, united and cohesive nation-state. GNA has therefore been operating in the unique role of mobilizing the citizens for nation building, economic and social development, national unity and integration.

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