Political Analyst Samuel Adu Gyamfi has admonished journalists in the country to be circumspect in their reportage by feeding the public with accurate information.
Speaking on Ultimate Breakfast Show hosted by Lantam Papanko, he charged Journalists to put politicians in check commending them for their continuous feeding of information to the public.
Mr Adu Gyamfi admonished journalists to report the true picture of speeches and events rather than giving the public inaccurate information which does not augur well for nation building.
‘The fourth estate of the realm, it has played a role, if you look at Ghana for instance, it’s the press that has shaped history and our people, and so when political leaders take up office, you are the media that will report and write and communicate these ideas, fortunately we have the television which also follows what leaders do and we have the print which also write what leaders have been doing. But the question, I ask myself is prior to the 1990s when we had a major break with, if you like these media houses, which today we have hundreds of them in Ashanti and greater Accra regions, these people are reporting on what leaders are doing.
The vociferous media leave some indelible imprints in the minds of people with their reportage. It’s a kind of collective responsibility of society, leaders might play their roles but the press must report well and give us the right pictures of what leaders are doing so that the ordinary members of society would also be able to follow well. Once we have a right leadership and a right following, we have a right society,’ he envisaged.
He bemoaned the limited reading population Ghana has as against the number of people who listen to radio stations and watch Television, calling on Ghanaians to inculcate the habit of reading.
‘The only challenge I have had is that we have a limited reading population, and so in terms of the press, it is only the media, the audio visual that might have helped in this regard. With radio stations coming up, and all that is helping people to listen, because people who want to listen and watch than to read.
That is the type of population we have but we hope it shall become more of a reading population, also because words do not die and they live on and letters also do same,’ he observed.
He remarked that the handlers of the president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo acted responsibly when they came out to apologise on the inaugural speech gaffe calling on Ghanaians to give the president the kind of support he deserves.