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Journalists in Politics: Where Lies True Objectivity and Accurate Public Accountability?

Indeed, politics in Ghana is a funny game. It is entirely agenda-setting and interest pursuit. Everyone has an eye on something and unlike Money Heist movie where Berlin will tell you that- “whatever you want in life, you’ve to steal it from someone,” here, some people (including journalists) literally work towards it and earn.

In this world, the duties of journalists are well cut out. There is no way the world would have been this peaceful without journalists who works in the thick and thin to get information for the public and bring matters to bear for public discussions. They have common values they adhere to in order to stay relevant and live up to their mandates. And this is very imperative. Just like every organization, there are underlining standards or protocols to follow.

Because of how sensitive the work of the journalist is and how they appear to closely monitor governance, politics, ruling and bodies that make decisions that eventually affect the ordinary citizen, it is clearly unfit for journalists to join any of these elements and maintain to adhere to the core ethics and principles of journalism which includes: truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability.

On August 7th, ace broadcaster and Peace FM’s “Kokrokoo” political morning show host, Kwame Sefa Kayi was appointed as a board member of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA). Indeed, his appointment came to many as a surprise. How can the “General,” as he’s affectionately called, be stripped of his freedom to operate as a journalist under the 6 core values enumerated above? Because he stood the chance to develop soft spots for the party in governance. They have appointed him to a glorious position and attacking them politically wouldn't be wise.

Well, before Ghanaians could switch to a clean concordant mode, another intelligent “Touch Screen” journalist- Paul Adom Otchere was also appointed as Board Chairman of Ghana Airports Company. Since Paul’s appointment, Ghanaians grew exasperated. Some came to realize the biased and incessant defence Paul Adom Otchere always put up for the government prior to his appointment. He lacked the fairness element and he was clearly always partial on one side.

This is a threat Ghana stands to battle with when journalists meddle themselves in politics. They lack their ability to say the truth to matters because their paymasters will be uncomfortable. They become partial, selective and not fit to make any proper public accountability move- because they work with these political elements. This is dire to the nation. 

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