The Municipal Chief Executive Officer (MCE) for the Awutu Senya East Municipality, Mr. Michael Assumang Mensah, has lambasted the media for incessantly wrongfully linking violence to Kasoa which is hurting the city’s image.
He said the media has targeted Kasoa with misinformation and often associates the fastest growing city in the West African sub-region with violence.
Interacting with the media on Wednesday when the Central Regional Minister, Mrs. Justina Marigold Assan, together with the Central Regional Police Commander, DCOP Habiba Twumasi Sarpong and himself paid a visit to the family of the slain 10-year-old boy at Great Lamptey Mills in the Ga South District of the Greater Accra Region, Mr. Mensah registered his dissatisfaction with false information about Kasoa in the media causing harm to the Kasoa residents.
He said his observations about media reports indicate crimes-related issues in the neigbouring towns are often deliberately linked to kasoa.
Stressing on the unprofessional conduct of the fourth estate of the realm, the MCE for Awutu Senya East cited how recent media reports misinformed the public that the murdered 10-year-old incident happened in Kasoa, meanwhile, it was in the Ga South District.
“Where the incident happened is in the Ga South District. Every crime issue is linked to Kasoa. Even if it is Nyanyano, Fetteh, Adawukwa, Akuti Junction, and Buduburam the media refer to it as Kasoa”.
He, therefore, challenged the media to refrain from trashing the ethics of journalism and uphold standard practice which holds credibility and authenticity in high esteem.
He noted that the misinformation tarnishing the image of Kasoa makes the work of the Awutu Senya East Police tedious.
“Anytime it is reported a crime incident has been recorded in Kasoa the police in the Kasoa jurisdiction beef up security in the area in search of the perpetrators, meanwhile, it is a different jurisdiction and by the time the fact is established, it is too late and the suspect had fled. This is because the Police in that particular jurisdiction wouldn’t be on red alert,” he said.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana