The Executive Secretary of the National Media Commission, George Sarpong has cautioned radio stations that broadcast in the local languages to adhere strictly to the ethical standards in journalism.
Some of these radio stations have been criticized for their total disregard of basic journalistic standards in their operations.
A latest report from a survey, conducted by the Media Foundation for West Africa, identified some of these radio stations of breaching ethical codes in journalism.
[contextly_sidebar id=”U6YwefZYWJltxrlPsKpSMHYwO5GQfrDr”]George Sarpong an interview with Citi news said news reportage in the local language media needs improvement.
“Certain consensus is emerging that the way we carry out local language broadcasting needs to be improved. Local language broadcasting is critical to the development of this nation and to our lives. So it is something we necessarily must have, but it must be done and done well,” he indicated.
He also urged journalists to study and understand the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) code of ethics in order to be fair and accurate in their reportage.
“The point is that one needs to have clarity in terms of exactly what the code of ethics is demanding of you as a journalist. If you look at the GJA code of ethics, I think that we have a list very important ethical principles that are not defined. It appears that there is a certain presumption in the writing that for people within the profession these are concepts that they should be familiar with. With got to explain these and also set some clear indicators for assessing them,” he added.
By: Godwin Allotey Akweiteh/citifmonline.com/Ghana