It was a moment of introspection and admonishment in Aburi, in the Eastern region when selected journalists from various media organizations gathered to kick start a five month long mentoring session on combating misinformation, gender sensitive reporting, and human rights reporting.
President of the Ghana Journalists Association, Mr. Affail Roland Monney who triggered the deep introspection with a strong worded speech on how most practising journalists in Ghana have resorted to the art of news breaking, running the news for a few hours or days and dropping it for the next breaking one, bemoaned the adverse effect on the country’s development.
An act he said do not ensure accountability in both the private and public sectors. Mr. Monney insisted that “journalism is not for the chicken-hearted but for thick-skinned who are ready to put their lives down to defend others.”
He also reiterated the need to go back to the basics of journalism, “we have become lame dogs instead of watchdogs. We need to go back to the basics and demand accountability from our politicians. Once a promise is made, you get the politician to match his promise with his action” he said.
The first phase of the mentoring, a hybrid training of all selected trainees from at least fifteen media organizations across the country was made possible with funding support from Journalists for Human Right (JHR) and the Global Affairs Canada under the “Mobilizing Media to Fighting Covid-19 (MMFC)” project.
The project aims at equipping local journalist with skills to report on the impact of Covid-19 on human rights in Ghana with special focus on rights of women and children. Participants included mentees from the Ashanti, Northern, Western, Northeast, and Upper regions of Ghana.
Other key personalities present were Zubaida Afua Mabuno Ismail, a media trainer and Human Rights advocate and the Vice President of the GJA Linda Asante-Agyei, serving as mentors on the project.
The trainees unanimously agreed not much has been done in demanding that the basic human rights of Ghanaians be respected by the powers that be and pledged to rekindle the spirit of demanding for accountability.
JHR has presence in about 29 countries worldwide and has trained over 15,650 with the aim of ensuring that everyone is aware of their human rights.
By: Joy Sena Anku|www.zamireport.com|Western Region