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30.05.2005 Regional News

Journalists urged to protect country's democracy

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Akrokerri (Ash), May 30, GNA - The media, especially the local FM stations have been urged to avoid inflammatory reports and discussions that could ruin the country's fledgling democracy.

Nana Kwadwo Domfeh, an activist of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) who made the call said: " The press... should not inflame sentiments that will kill the democratic dispensation". He was expressing concern about some newspaper reports and their subsequent discussions on FM stations during an encounter with the press at Akrokerri.

Nana Domfeh appealed to journalists to check their facts before publishing them.

"If we want to protect our democracy, then, we must make sure that whatever we say or write are the facts," he said.

Nana Domfeh, a retired Plant Superintendent of AngloGold, Ashanti, added that, whatever the press put in the public domain should be "something that should help the development of the nation". The NPP activist expressed the need for Ghanaians to support the Government, since the nation belonged to "all of us".

He stressed: "We are in the same country, National Democratic Congress (NDC) will come and go, Convention Peoples Party will come and go and so, we should not spoil what we have been able to achieve so far, as a nation".

Reacting to a recent newspaper report attributed to Dr Tony Aidoo, a former Deputy Minister of Defence that the NPP was built on corruption, Nana Domfeh said such utterances from Dr Aidoo were unfortunate.

He said corruption had long existed in the country in both military and democratically elected regimes and therefore, it was not the NPP that introduced it.

He pointed out that the last eight years of the NDC saw corruption at its apex, but they suppressed people from highlighting it with the criminal libel law.

Nana Domfeh encouraged the Kufuor administration to continue to with its right economic policies that would help to consolidate the country's democracy.

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