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08.12.2011 Politics

Network for Peace asks media to help reduce political tension

By GNA
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Ho, Dec, 7, GNA - The Volta Region Inter-Party Youth Dialogue Committee of the Ghana Network for Peace, has asked the media to help reduce the political tension in the country ahead of 2012 Election.

Ms Caroline Ahorku, Chairperson of the group, made the call at a meeting of members of the Committee and journalists in Ho on Wednesday, to discuss the promotion of peace during elections.

The meeting identified the raising of false political alarm by the media, the creation of media platforms for political parties to engage in attacks, the use of personal body guards popularly called “machomen”, by politicians, as issues that could disturb the peace of the country during elections.

It also found out that some media outlets were being driven by commercial consideration and allowed political parties and personalities to propagate falsehood, unsavory language and hate propaganda.

The participants suggested that media houses, especially radio and television, should feature technocrats rather than politicians to discuss issues raised in the media.

Radio and television hosts were also tasked to control their guests, particularly during discussion of political issues and asked journalists to uphold their professional ethics.

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