Kwesi Gyan- Apenteng (2nd left) speaking at the forum

Kwesi Gyan-Apenteng, a member of the National Media Commission (NMC), has called on government to adequately resource the Commission in order to discharge its duties creditably.

According to him, the Commission had been unable to carry out its duties well as it was expected due to lack of resources.

Mr Gyan-Apenteng who was speaking at a forum on press freedom and responsibility organised by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) in Accra said, ?The NMC is 20 years and its still lacks basic resources such as library, archives and a modern office.?

?We were supposed to have visited the Tamale- based private radio station that was attacked by some irate youth to do some assessment and come out with findings but we were unable to do so because we lack resources,? he said.

Mr Gyan-Apenteng had, therefore, appealed to the government as a matter of urgency to attend to the Commission?s predicament by paying its members.

He said, ?Press freedom is not a natural right like freedom of speech so journalist should be careful of what they put out.?

Mr Gyan-Apenteng said ensuring responsibility of the press goes beyond the media, stating that government and institutions must also get involved.

However, Prof Audrey Gadzekpo, a senior lecturer at the School of Communication Studies, University of Ghana (UG) in her submission said, ?The only way the media can be responsible is when they take self regulation seriously.?

She urged the media to adhere to the Code and Ethic of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) in order not to infringe on the rights of other people or politicians.

The MFWA used the occasion to launch its project dubbed: ?Promoting Professional Standard and Enhancing The Watchdog Role of the Ghanaian Media?.

The project was aimed at improving professional standard in the media practice, and enhancing the watchdog role of the media through increased critical and investigative reporting that instigate policy debates and actions on key issues related to education, health, extractive and governance.

By Cephas Larbi

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