The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has called on the media to be accurate and credible in their reports concerning Coronavirus.
According to the president, the media must fact-check their information to ensure accuracy and credibility and also to avoid fake news before disseminating to the public.
The President first observed that the media has been for government, “an invaluable ally”. “An invaluable ally on two fronts,” the President said.
Firstly, “in helping to get the information and education out there to the citizenry of our country about this new menace to the progress on the human race” and secondly and equally important “is your roles as the vehicle of accountability. I am a strong believer that in all circumstances, even in the conduct of war, governments and public officials should be held accountable for what they do and you are the vehicles for accountability in our society and that is how it should be” President Akufo-Addo posited.
“One thing that is important though is that there should be accuracy in what you convey, that is critical. Different perspectives, different views, different conclusions, on certain facts are inevitable, it is but of the whole process of being human, we cannot all have the sale head, God did not make it that way but we can agree on facts and as much as possible when it comes to public discourse, the truth, the accuracy of what is pervade is very critical, especially in an emergency of this nature where the slightest misinformation, slightest inaccuracy, misinterpretation can lead to a lot of grieve, and difficulty” the president added.
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President Akufo-Addo added that misinformation by the media pose a damaging challenge to public policymaking, responsible journalism. He urged all media to get out of their comfort zones to verify information before reporting to ensure holistic development and national unity.