Professor Kwaku Azar has dropped another hot message to Ghanaians again. He has stated that the media have become the conveyor belts for political Propaganda, petty gossips, Sika Gari and other things after Sir Sam Johah had disclosed that it seems a lot of people who criticized the immediate past government are now silence.
Professor Kwaku Azar in respond to people saying criticizing Sir Sam Johah said that Sir Sam Jonah is not saying Ghanaians are not allowed to talk, or write on social media or have Good Afternoon "Ghanafuo", etc.
But rather, as he understand his culture of silence, he is saying that what Ghanaians say or sometimes do not say is purely driven by convenience, parochialism, hypocrisy and lack of conviction.
According to him, in consequence, there is a proliferation of media but the media have become conveyor belts of political propaganda, petty gossips, marketers of sika gari, and other things.
He also stated that there is "injustice everywhere" but the GBA is hardly heard from except occasionally when it opines on the length of women’s dress.
Professor Kwaku Azar who is not happy stated that corruption is everywhere but it does not seem to find its way to the Christian Council’s agenda or their pulpits.
He said that the academy, which is given academic freedom to be the conscience of society, seems to be receding into oblivion in contradistinction to the military days when its members spoke words that penetrated the halls of power.
However, prof Kwaku Azar said the TUC that has played a historical and pivotal role in fighting for better working conditions of workers seems no longer interested in the plight of ordinary workers as they are abused by their employers, including foreign apampam stores.
"That Nananom seem unable or unwilling to protect our rivers and lands from those who seek to destroy them.
That the NUGS, formerly revered by many and feared by the military, now seems to be a historical relic with today’s students less focused on idealism and more focused on finding political godfathers.
That those who dare talk risk being mauled by paid attackers or serial callers whose sole function is to distract and to destroy, etc" he said.
According to him, Fundamentally then, Sir Jonah seems to be distinguishing between a culture of noise, which focuses on non-issues or kills real issues, and a culture of silence that sweeps real issues under the rug and allows wrong doing to flourish.
"Democracy is not just kabi ma me enkabi. Democracy is a tool for solving group problems, such as WET, Galamsay, Corruption, road indiscipline, public health scare, etc.
Sir Sam is correct! We must acknowledge that the culture of silence is here as a precondition to taming and arresting it” he added.
He believed that there is silence when what we say or do not say is "driven by the gun" and "equally there is silence when what we say or do not say is driven by parochialism, convenience, hypocrisy".
He concluded that "there is noise if those who should listen are not listening to those who are talking. And noise is not an antidote for the culture of silence". He made this known on his social media wall.
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