Information Minister, Mahama Ayariga has revealed the purpose of President John Mahama’s interaction with the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and a section of the broadcast media on Friday, March 22, 2013.
The Minister, in an interview with Radio Gold on Monday, intimated that the President’s meeting with the executives of GJA and senior editors at the Flagstaff House was not intended to vilify media practice but rather enhance government’s partnership with the media.
Last Friday, President Mahama poured his heart out regarding the quality of radio programmes in the country.
According to him, “Radio is the most potent media vehicle and it shapes perceptions of people and so even more than newspapers, radio must get it right in terms of shaping our people’s perception but often the style that is used is very lazy", therefore urging journalists to eschew their excessive indulgence in holding political shows.
President Mahama speaking to the media also took a swipe at the kind of discussants who appear on programmes, stating that several of them usually tend to have limited knowledge about the subjects on board.
The President's statements have since pricked the hearts of some political figures who have also voiced their minds on the issue.
According to the Minister of Information, the focus should not be on the President’s description about the quality of radio programmes but the advice that radio presenters should seek experts to educate the public.
He explained the President’s appeal to the journalists saying “the tendency of teaching political parties during morning shows instead of focusing on experts doesn’t bring out the best of morning shows because morning shows are also supposed to educate on the issues. So, instead of the media all the time focusing on there must be an NDC and then an NPP person, they could bring in experts.”
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