Worsened Financial Situation of Journalists in Ghana affecting gatekeeping roles: GJA calls for government intervention

By thefourlens.com

Sunyani, May 07, 2024

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) is calling for government intervention to better the financial position of journalists and media practitioners in other to whip up their interest agenda setting and gatekeeping duties.

The GJA noted the media had stop their agenda setting, watch-dog and gatekeeping roles, a situation affecting Ghana’s Democratic development because of woefully inadequate renumeration for most journalists. 

Mr. Dennis Peprah, Secretary for the Association’s chapter in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions made the call in an interview with the media in Sunyani over the weekend. 

He revealed most journalists and media practitioners are losing commitment, dedicated spirit and interest as well as patriotic and nationalistic minds in performing their duties as a result of continues assault, attack and victimization of journalists in Ghana.

On Ghana’s 50th position in the 2024 World Press Freedom Index, he noted the country though was making headway, thus from 62nd position in 2023 to 50th position in 2024, but could have done much better if government strengthens Ghana’s press freedom, he noted.

Mr. Peprah said the media is a development partner contributing effectively for the country to meet policy directions and effective implementation, therefore, attacks and assault on journalists were affecting performances of their duties and the nation at large. 

How can these day-in, day -out attacks helps in building a better democratic sub-region in the one who give voice to the voiceless is not at peace to operate, the GJA quizzed.



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