The Ghana armed forces have organized an interactive session with editors and senior journalists as part of efforts to build a stronger alliance with the media to curb political violence ahead the 2016 general election to be held on Dec 7.
Over the weekend, editors from 24 private and public media outlets met with the military high command and the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to discuss ways to preserve peace and security in the country.
This is the second time this year the military has held such a session with the media. Similar encounters were also held before the 1999 elections.
Air Marshal Michael Samson-Oje, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), said the armed forces and other partner security institutions were prepared to safeguard Ghana’s democracy and he called on media practitioners to work closely with the security forces to ensure peaceful, free and fair elections.
“It is not for nothing that the media is referred to as the Fourth Estate of the realm,” said Sampson-Oje, who described the media as a “political and institutional force” whose authority ought not be taken lightly.
The power of the media has been amplified by technological advances in recent years, he noted, and this has transformed journalism in the country. It has expanded the capacity of the media to further the cause of democracy and at the same time there is a need to be careful about its potential to create challenges, he said.
“We will like to call on the media to give the people of Ghana timely and fair reportage and also to block out anyone who uses foul or abusive language or any form of hate speech,” he said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK