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31-Jan-2013  
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A member of the Communication team of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwamena Duncan, has described the reportage given by the media concerning what ensued at the Supreme Court hearing on Tuesday as ‘deficient’.

Following the Supreme Court hearing on the 2012 election petition of the NPP on Tuesday, some of the newspapers were headlined: “fireworks in court”, “hot exchanges...as hearing of NPP suit begins” and so on.

Kwamena Duncan does not understand why many of the newspapers that reported on the case, concentrated on embellishing their news; focusing on the trivial matters and leaving the substantive issues that transpired in the court room.

"Unfortunately monitoring the report that journalists have published, I will say that there are deficiencies. One would have thought that journalists who were allowed into the court premises would bring out the substantive issues that ensued as far as facts are concerned.

"Their reportage falls short of certain vital facts...they dwelt more on the tensions and the heated arguments. So you would wonder whether that was the only thing that ensued,” he indicated speaking as a panelist on Peace FM’s morning show programme, "kokrokoo".

He has urged journalists to be abreast with judicial processes as well as court reporting, to help them discharge their duties properly.

In a related issue, former Member of Parliament for Adenta constituency, Kwadwo Adu Asare speaking on the same platform, also admonished the state owned Daily Graphic to sit up because to him, their standard was falling.

Referring to page 16 of Wednesday edition of the Daily Graphic, he said: “To be honest with you, Graphic as a newspaper would have to sit up. I am so appalled by a number of typographical errors. This is not the graphic I knew. It is too much,this is totally uncharacteristic of them. These kinds of mistakes are unacceptable.”
 
 
 
Source: Rebecca Addo-Tetteh/peacefmonline.com
 
 

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