Nana Gyan-Apenteng
Nana Gyan-Apenteng

The National Media Commission (NMC) has said, anybody who has concerns regarding the media, or any journalist and how they carry out their functions, should seek redress at the Commission, in the law courts or through any methods prescribed by Ghanaian law.

According to Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng, Chairman of the Commission, the public is to note that the Constitution provides legitimate avenues for recourse for those who feel wronged by the media.

He said NMC believes that, society grows when there is respect for contending ideas and tolerance for differing attitudes. “Hence, our nation’s path towards growth has no place for the use of violence in processing claims on society,” Nana Gyan-Apenteng added.

He also emphasized that, on May 2 and 3, 2018, Ghana proudly hosted World Press Freedom Day and reiterated before a world audience its commitment to media freedoms. And the Accra Declaration adopted at the end of the event, among other things, affirmed that “media freedom, is a fundamental underpinning for the successful operation of all democratic mechanisms which keep power in check and hold it to account, as well as for sustainable development.”

It also held according to him that, “professional, independent journalism, based on independently verifiable facts, and in particular investigative journalism, play an essential role in terms of holding the government and other powerful actors to account, keeping the public informed, exposing wrongdoing, creating spaces for healthy public debate and enabling public participation in decision-making.”

Therefore, “The Commission would like to re-echo the call made in the Declaration that member states should enhance judicial independence and the capacity of administration of justice actors, including the police, prosecutors and judges, to respect freedom of expressing themselves, to ensure that those responsible for threats or attacks against journalists, media outlets and others for exercising their right to freedom of expression are brought to justice via fair and impartial proceedings, and otherwise to decide cases that raise freedom of expression issues in line with international standards,” he reiterated.

These assertions by the NMC follows the current discussions regarding the permissible scope and methods of investigative journalism, which has been rekindled by the most recent expose by Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ healthy and necessary for the qualitative growth of media in support of consolidating Ghana’s democracy.

By:Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh

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