Members of the United Cadres? Front of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC ) have called on the Minister of Communications, the National Media Commission, the Ghana Journalists Association and the management of Asempa Fm to investigate and call to book Country Man Songo who presents ?Fire-For-Fire,? on?Asempa Fm.
According to the group, Mr. Songo?s call on the general public to lambast the good name of His Excellency John Mahama during the Wednesday 11th February 2015 edition of the programme is abuse of his right as a radio presenter.
“Whilst we believe that the 1992 Constitution guarantees PRESS FREEDOM, it is the mark of good journalistic practice to respond to issues by being responsible. Using the Media platform to openly call on citizens to abuse the First Gentleman of the State, therefore, needs to be condemned without reservation.”
In a statement, the group averred that the current standard of journalism in Ghana has fallen to its lowest ebb because of the insensitivity and thoughtlessness that certain media houses and particularly very known political-biased journalists have attached to their programmes.
This, they said, was very dangerous for the sake of peaceful co-existence and national security.
According to members of United Cadres? Front, some journalists have thrown their ethics to the dogs , and principally to satisfy their political leanings and agenda.
“It is being stressed here by the United Cadres? Front of the NDC that such acts of irresponsible journalism will raise to a higher crescendo as the 2016 general elections draw near. The question is: Do we have to use the media for political mischief, vilification, name-calling and blatant lies to push the agenda that we want to prosecute to salvage the country from its numerous challenges?”
“However, since they will not accept any negative thing that is said about the main opposition leader, Nana AkufoAddo, which we equally abhor ? it is despicable to welcome anybody who have access to radio stations to disparage the sitting president of the republic.”
They strongly believe that the case of Country Man Songo will be taken seriously by the institutions that are expected to put sanity in the media landscape without sweeping it under the carpet as usual.