The National Communications Authority (NCA) and the National Media Commission (NMC) have urged the media to ensure a violence-free election through professional media practice.

In a statement at a joint news conference in Accra on Friday, Nana Kwasi Gyan-Appenteng, Chairman, NMC, reminded the media of its role in preserving the prevailing peace and stability in the country and urged it, particularly the broadcast media, to refrain from incendiary verbal attacks and inflammatory statements on air which could trigger undesirable consequences that could undermine the country’s peace and security.

The statement reminded all frequency authorization holders of their obligations to the use of the airwaves, adding that the frequencies were allocated to them for the purpose of fair and responsible dissemination of news, as stipulated in the terms of their broadcasting authorizations and in the various guidelines of NMC, Code of Conduct of the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) and the Code of Ethics of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA).

“As authorization holders, you have to ensure that your platforms are not used to incite violence and, in all situations, diligently and independently investigate all allegations and claims by interest groups before putting them out. Broadcasting houses should, at all costs, avoid disseminating false news, a phenomenon which can escalate tension at such a critical time,” the statement said.

The statement also called on all Ghanaians to ensure the judicious and responsible use of social media; Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to ensure that their networks functioned effectively during the election period; and content providers on electronic communication networks not to create and/or spread false information.

The statement warned that errant media houses and individuals who breached laid-down standards, rules, guidelines, laws and regulations would be sanctioned.

Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)