The National Commission on Culture (NCC) has raised worries over the recent rise in the culture of social media insults.
The Executive Director of the NCC, Madam Janet Edna Nyame, said in a news conference on the theme "The Ghanaian Culture and the Creeping Culture of Insult in the Media," that Ghanaian cultural qualities must not be lost to the media's "creeping culture of insults."
The Ghanaian people, she observed, were extremely respectful, polite, and welcoming, and "these our valued values should not be taken for granted or allowed to slip into obscurity."
“In this age of constant media, Ghana appears to be abandoning her beloved culture and custom of respecting one another in favor of disparaging one another,” she remarked.
Madam Nyame went on to say that a country without the media is like a car without wheels, and that the media helped to strengthen democracy by contributing to the three essential processes of democracy: transparency, publicity, and accountability.
In recent years, social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube have become platforms where some Ghanaians attack the elderly and government officials.
“These acts of anti-patriotism directed at state leaders, royal institutions, state institutions, the elderly, and the country must be stopped,” she stated. This is due to the fact that it was never a Ghanaian character.”
Individuals can avoid this inappropriate culture, according to Madam Nyame, by simply associating with the valued Ghanaian cultural identity of respect.
She emphasized that no public figure or journalist should be immune to genuine criticism of their reporting, and she asked them to conduct themselves with decency.
She urged the media to remain objective and to serve as an educator, mentor, guardian, and architect of public opinion information in the social, political, and economic arenas.
Madam Janet Edna Nyame urged the media to assist the government in closing loopholes and flaws in the system, making it more accountable, responsive, and receptive.
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