Anti-corruption campaigner and social media journalist, Kelvin Taylor has said it is the activities of people like Kojo Oppong Nkrumah that have made Ghanaians lose trust in the reportage of the media. Speaking on his Loud Silence Show (on October 25), the outspoken pro-NDC journalist alleged that, the Information Minister pays media houses to sit on real issues and make the president look good before Ghanaians.
He said this following a statement made by the Information Minister speaking virtually during the 5th Edition of West African Media Excellence Conference and Awards. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the increasing rate of the use of digital media has had some level of impact on mainstream media, as media practitioners have sometimes failed to uphold the ethics of the profession by cross-checking their news items before reporting. He advised that the only way mainstream media can win the trust of Ghanaians is to fact-check information for credibility, accuracy, reliability.
Kelvin Taylor added that Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has used the Information Ministry to suppress the media. To him, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah influences the media to conceal any bad news about the ruling New Patriotic Party and engage in propaganda that makes the government appealing. For instance, Kelvin Taylor descended on the former for not coming out in his capacity to clear the air about the allegations that the President spent huge sums of money on his trips abroad. He noted that Ghanaians came out with facts to support their claims that Nana Addo spent taxpayers' money to charter a luxurious jet during his trips, and he could have come out to prove with counter-facts that what they were saying was fake news.
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