The National Media Commission (NMC) and the National Communications Authority (NCA) have issued a joint communiqu? to ensure free and responsible coverage of the elections, especially on the election day and the immediate post-election period.

The communiqu? was issued after a meeting between the two institutions on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 in Accra, of which copies, signed by Mr George Sarpong, Executive Secretary of the NMC, and Mr Paarocky VanPercy, Director General of NCA, were made available to the media on Wednesday.

The meeting, which discussed ways of improving broadcasting regulations during the election period, took note of four major points which include the fact that broadcasting and other electronic media in Ghana had contributed immensely in developing the democratic culture of the country.

It said the support of the media was, therefore, critical for the success of Election 2012 and that the NMC and NCA had faith in the capacity of the media in Ghana to behave responsibly.

However, both the NMC and NCA recognise that there is currently a fringe of media practice which borders on unprofessional practice in the country.

It is, therefore, the view of the two institutions that the peace, stability and cohesion of the nation depended in part on the behaviour of the media as the nation goes into elections on December 7, 2012.

The communique maintained that while the two institutions would take every reasonable step to support the media to perform their duties, they shall not hesitate to call to order any aberrations intended to undermine the collective peace and security and throw the nation into chaos.

By the joint communiqu? the NMC and NCA wishes to draw the attention of broadcast and other electronic media to their responsibility and particularly to abide by the terms of their broadcasting authorisation, the various guidelines of the NMC and the code of conduct of the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association.

It said the two institutions had accordingly set up a joint committee to monitor the performance of the electronic media before, during and after the election, adding that the institution shall duly apply the necessary sanctions against errant media houses.

GNA

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