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17.03.2009 Politics

GJA, So Far So Good, But...

By Robert Mawuenyegah -
GJA, So Far So Good, But...

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has held an emergency meeting in Accra, at which the association discussed three major events on its calendar for this year, namely national election, 60th anniversary celebration and awards ceremony. Election for new national officers will be held on July 9 while the 60th anniversary ceremony will be timed to coincide with the prestigious GJA awards ceremony on August 15, and the ushering in of the new national executive.

GJA president, Ransford Tetteh, in a speech, praised the media for their hard work, especially during the recent elections, but added that “it will be a travesty of honesty if we, in the media, assumed that our performance was without blemish”.

He said the GJA received verbal appeals from various persons during the election, requesting that we plead with some radio stations for decorum and circumspection in their coverage.

“The trend of public debate on that matter so far suggests to us that we need as 'the media family' to reflect soberly and do some soul-searching if the mistakes we committed are to be avoided in the future.”

Mr Tetteh commended President John Evans Atta Mills for his commitment to transparency and accountability in government.

“We believe it is this that made President Mills state that his government will work towards the enactment of the Freedom of Information Law,” he said and expressed the hope that the President, as GJA's Chief Patron of Press Freedom, would ensure that the free flow of information satisfy best practices in democracies.

Mr Tetteh commended Atlantis Radio for donating one split air conditioner to the Ghana International Press Centre during the general election after the fire outbreak at the centre's internet café.