GNA wins awards at 22nd GJA Awards

Accra, Ghana News Agency (GNA) picked awards for best online Political reporting media platform, best in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) at the 22nd Ghana Journalists Awards held in Accra on Wednesday.

Mrs Beatrice Asamani-Savage, News Editor of the GNA on behalf of the Agency received the GNA award on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, while Mr Kafui Kanyi, Volta Regional Manager of the Agency received the other on Online Political reporting media platform on behalf of the Agency.

Mr George-Ramsey Benamba, Deputy Head of Home Desk of the Agency also received an honorary award meant for Mr Fritz Andoh, a former Supervising Chief Editor of the Agency.

The GNA’s reporters; Kafui Kanyi and Godwill Arthur-Mensah won awards for reporting on Child Protection and Participation and the fight against illegal mining, otherwise known as ”galamsey” respectively.

The annual flagship programme was on the theme: ”Safe Mining and Environmental Protection: The role of the media” said the media was a change agent and commended them for helping to root out evil in the society.

The GNA was established on March 5, 1957, on the eve of Ghana’s independence and charged with the “dissemination of truthful unbiased news”.

It was the first news agency to be established in the Sub-Saharan Africa.

It was part of a comprehensive communication policy that sought to harness the information arm of the state to build a viable, united and cohesive nation-state. GNA has therefore been operating in the unique role of mobilising the citizens for nation building, economic and social development, national unity and integration.

GNA is acting as a central news collection agent of the state and gathers news from all regional and some district capitals.

With such national spread, GNA is able to promote a viable, united and cohesive nation by highlighting stories that engender development, integration and peace.

The GNA is also instrumental in carrying out government messages, policies, plans and programmes to the people, including those in the remotest areas of the country.

GNA’s operations also give a voice to the vast majority of citizens living in rural areas, thereby promoting good governance and reducing the urban bias of news reportage.

Source: Ghana News Agency