The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has urged journalists in the country who choose to broadcast the “simmering conflict” between His Royal Majesty Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and the Dormaahene Osagyefo Agyeman Badu II, to do so with caution.
The GJA rather hopes the media become a part of the solution rather than the “chieftaincy clash of staggering magnitude”.
It highlighted that journalists who choose to report on the issue must be circumspect.
“The sensational tilt and explosive angles which have characterised the coverage of the verbal exchanges should therefore give way to conflict sensitive reporting which will allow tempers to cool down and the issue to be contained or resolved in the long run”, he said.
“GJA particularly wants traditional media editors and social media activists to filter any pronouncements from the two chiefs through a very tight weave of journalistic responsibility and gatekeeping. In other words, they should think through the consequences or weigh fully the implications of anything they put out on the matter.
“This is to ensure that the public is ‘fed’ with ethically wholesome and culturally edifying information which will not escalate the tension nor compromise the peace and security in the two traditional areas, and by extension the entire nation”, it added.
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