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Party politics undermining press freedom – Kwesi Pratt

Seasoned Ghanaian Journalist, Mr Kwesi Pratt Junior, says journalists engaging in party politics are undermining press freedom as enshrined in article 162 of the 1992 Constitution.

In a conversation with Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Adwenekasa on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, Mr. Pratt said “There’s a little worry. What worries the most is we have gotten to a point where when there’s an issue and you [the media] are addressing it people try to establish if you are being NDC-biased or speaking on behalf of the NPP. No one shares his or her views without being tagged an NPP or NDC.”

“We [Ghana] need to halt such attitude, so, the media can broadcast the truth even if it’s against a certain party it is the truth. If we turn everything into party politics it doesn’t make press freedom complete,” he indicated.

World Press Freedom Day is celebrated on May 3 to commemorate journalists and highlight the difficulties they face while reporting the truth.

The United Nations General Assembly declared May 3 as World Press Freedom Day in the year 1993. This declaration came after a recommendation made in 1991 at the twenty-sixth General Conference session of UNESCO. The declaration also came as a result of the 1991 Windhoek Declaration– a statement produced by African journalists about press freedom, presented at a seminar held by UNESCO, which concluded on May 3.

This year’s celebration was under the theme “Information as a Public Good”

Speaking on the celebration, the Editor-In-Chief of the Insight Newspaper brushed off assertions that politicians operating media organisations contribute to the biased journalism stating some journalists have prejudiced mindset and a soft spot for some political parties.

“Ownership worries but it not solely the problem. We, journalists, some of our attitudes and behaviour are problematic. Some of the stations are state-owned but we would see such an attitude. It depends on us [journalists] some because the work is tedious and it is not too lucrative when they are in difficult times they tell news that will fetch them money to cater for his or her family children and wife. It’s all part. Someone is a journalist and wishes to become a legislator or a minister, so, they use journalism as a stepping stone, and because of this when talking they are biased to win the favour of someone to help them achieve their dreams. It doesn’t help journalism.”

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana

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