Kwasi-Gyan Appenteng swearing the Oath of Allegiance whiles Kabral Blay-Amihere and others look on
THE FORMER editor of the Mirror newspaper, Kwasi Gyan- Appenteng, has been appointed to join the National Media Commission (NMC) to help stir the affairs of the Commission.
Mr Appenteng is replacing Mr Berifi Appenteng, who was formerly serving on the Commission.
Lady Justice Rose Owusu, a justice of the Supreme Court, administering the Oath of Allegiance and Secrecy to Kwasi Gyan-Appenteng, called on the NMC to put appropriate measures in place to ensure that the highest journalistic standards in the mass media were maintained.
“You should be more proactive in resolving complaints you receive about ethical breaches and professional misconduct by the media, whilst giving important regard to continuous training of media personnel to improve their ills and enhance their competencies,” she added.
She also asked the NMC to guide the media fraternity by performing its gate-keeping responsibility, ensuring that the media protected the public from information that was detrimental to them.
“We will be going to the polls this year; the media no doubt would be at the forefront in shaping and driving public opinion on the key issues that confront our people and assist the public to make informed decisions and choices.
“But they must be careful that in the process, do not unwittingly become conduits for the propagation of information that is harmful to the public and does not contribute to the elevation of public discourse on the development agenda,” she cautioned.
She urged the Commission to carry out continuous training for the media so that they could live up to their constitutional responsibilities and serve the people of the country better.
She observed that after nearly two decades since the Commission came into being, there still remained a major concern about the quality of work produced by the mass media, especially the print media.
Lady Justice Rose Owusu expressed optimism that Mr. Gyan-Appenteng would enjoy his stint on the Commission, which already has distinguished journalists and communicators as members.
“Our heartfelt sympathy goes to the Commission following the destruction of its office by fire over the weekend; we pray they would find the needed resources to repair the damage caused,” she lamented.
The chairman of the Commission, Kabral Blay Amihere, on behalf of his outfit, expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Chief Justice and the judicial service for their continuous support of the Commission.
According to him, the NMC intended to defend and promote press freedom in the country.
He indicated that too much was expected of the Commission yet little resources were given it, adding that the commission had been able to use the constitution to broaden the horizon of free expression not only to journalists but to the people of the country as a whole.
“Many at times, concerned citizens called on the Commission to punish journalists who deviate from their call on duty. This and many more have been possible due to the continuous measures provided by the Commission,” he noted.
Mr Amihere indicated that despite its numerous challenges, the Commission, for the past 20 years, had lived up to its expectations.
He said the National Media Commission would support government to establish the media development fund to enhance the media fraternity in the country.
Mr Appenteng assured the NMC of his unflinching support and his readiness to learn from the rich experience of personalities on the Commission.
By Portia Anaman