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SENSATIONALISM AND EMOTIONALISM CLOUDING JOURNALISTIC STANDARDS

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SENSATIONALISM AND EMOTIONALISM CLOUDING JOURNALISTIC STANDARDS

IS JOURNALISM ABOUT INFORMATION CONSUMPTION OR ANALYSIS OF IT?
The basic concept behind journalistic practice and standards around the world within the media space has been to inform, entertain and educate the people. In some countries the media is regarded conventionally as the fourth estate of the realm after the three arms of government, the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary. This underpins a vital role of journalists in informing and educating among others.

The work of the media since independence has been through turbulent times before especially during times of revolution. Even democratically elected governments that had semblance of dictatorship placed some amount of restrictions on media practice. Some past governments of the country introduced laws to regulate media freedom for fear of being criticised. The obvious ones that come to mind are the Preventive Detention Act(PDA) enacted immediately after independence and the Criminal Libel Law passed into the 4th Republican constitution. Journalists who wrote or made utterances not pleasant to government of the day could go to jail under this law. Upon realising the counter-productive nature of this law and how it was restricting press freedom, the Kufour administration took steps to repeal it to enable press men and women practise their profession without fear or favour.

In spite of the enabling environment created and the recognition of the media as a crucial partner in nation building, it appears some journalists in Ghana have departed from the core principles of informing to educate.

To educate the masses, one needs to investigate, learn, and verify every information to have a fair knowledge and understanding of the issues at stake. If you do not arm yourself with knowledge and understanding of the matter being reported or interrogated, how can you educate the public with informed opinion? But it looks like some media personalities consume the information that come to their attention. They do little or no analysis of it to trigger further investigations and debate. So instead of doing analytical accosting of issues to arrive at balanced, informed and fair reportage, it has now turned to be a practice of sensationalism and emotionalism by some journalists. They believe that, whatever they sit behind their microphones and utter, are sacrosanct. The posture and demeanour of these emotional journalists tend to project them as epitome of knowledge of the subject matter. One worrying aspect is that, their failure to do thorough investigations and checks before drawing conclusions, tend to expose and betray their lack of knowledge as empty headed entities.

Many stories that broke out and were treated with emotions and sensation in sections of the media landscape rather than dealing with them with logical reasoning, abound in the country. The famous Amina Yutong bus alleged mass rape saga which presented concocted stories, the alleged shooting incident surrounding then minister of Defence, Hon. Benjamin Kumbour in his car, City Fm\’s Caleb Kuda gaining access to National Security premises under false pretence, Joy fm Correspondent in Volta region staining his shirt with chicken blood and pretending to have been beaten by party thugs, Manasseh Azure going to South Africa for holidays and creating impression that he was being pursued by National Security and unknown persons issuing death threats to him to mention but few.

Aside these examples, recent story which has received so much sensation and emotions from sections of the media but turned out to be fake, is the Takoradi woman\’s alleged pregnancy. The likes of Captain Smart who had not done any verification and cross-checking of the story, was seen raining insults and rants against leaders of the country especially the Western Regional Minister Hon. Okyere Darko Mensah. This is because, he(Captain Smart) thought his side of the story was sanctimonious. Any other dissenting views on it was unacceptable to him.

When it is now evident that the woman stage managed the pregnancy for whatever reason, these journalists seem to have gone into oblivion with shameless rapacity instead of apologising.

Such bigotry and attitude of arrogating everything to oneself, behaving and pontificating without basic facts, does not help journalism to grow and progress.

To avoid such all-knowing practice, journalists should analyse information painstakingly instead of consuming it. Information should also be crossed-checked before publication and conclusions so as to help unravel the facts and the truism to make the sanctity of journalism intact.

By Prince Adjei (Guy Gee)

The writer holds an MA. (Public Administration) as the Records Information Management Project Coordinator of a Private company in United States of America. He opens the line of communication between clients, customers, and businesses to get projects done.

With over 9 years in both public and private sectors, GUY GEE has experience in management consultation, team building, professional development, strategic implementation, and company collaboration.

He has managed projects in Records, Information and Management, where he was a finalist for the PMI®️ Project of the Year. He holds an MPA from Kean University, Union, New Jersey and a current PMP®️ certification.

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CODA Hands Over Two Projects At Breman Essiam in Ajumako Enyan Essiam District 

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CODA Hands Over Two Projects At Breman Essiam in Ajumako Enyan Essiam District

The Coastal Development Authority (CODA) has handed over a Lorry Park and a modern Community Library to the chiefs and people of Breman Essiam in the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District.

Community Library at Breman Essiam

Community Library at Breman Essiam

The ceremony was graced by traditional leaders led by the paramount Queen mother of Breman Essiam, Nana Efua Esiwa II, the DCE of Ajumako Enyan Essiam, Hon. Ransford Kwesi Nyarko and the DCD, Mr. Abdul Mohammed K. Also in attendance was the Assembly Member of the area, Hon. Ibrahim Issakah, Staff of the AEEDA, Representatives of GPRTU and the general public.

The DCE recounted the deplorable state of the Lorry Park and the Library in the past and commended the efforts made by the Omanhene of the Breman Essiam Traditional Area, Odefour Afankwa III in getting these projects.
Hon. Ransford Nyarko, stated that the projects are a dream come true for the community and the District at large.

The CEO of CODA Jerry Ahmed Shaib ESQ expressed the delight of CODA for the achievement. He was glad that the projects were not imposed by the Authority but rather ones that met the needs and aspirations of the people based on proper consultation with all stakeholders.

He again revealed that the projects being handed over and many others ongoing in the District run under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP). He commended President Akufo-Addo for fulfilling his “one million dollars per constituency” promise to the people of Ghana especially, rural folks. The CODA boss also took the opportunity to outline other projects which were being executed within District.

The gathering was assured of ongoing collaborations with institutions like the Ghana Library Authority to stock the Library as well as GIFEC to provide ICT equipment for the E-Learning wing of the Library.

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GACA, 2021 Rewards Arts And Culture Industry Excellence 

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GACA, 2021 Rewards Arts And Culture Industry Excellence

The 2021 Ghana Arts and Culture Awards came off on Saturday 20 November 2021 at the Alisa Hotel, North Ridge in Accra. The Ghana Arts and Culture Awards seeks to reward individuals and brands excelling within the Arts and Culture industry in Ghana. The event was in partnership with the National Commission on Culture, Ghana Tourism Authority, National Folklore Board and Tourism Society of Ghana under the auspices of Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture. The event was also sponsored by Alisa Hotel, Planet drink, Verna Mineral Water, Ceejay Multimedia, Ankobra Beach Resort, Virtual Hub, Beyond the Return and the Ghana Tourism Authority.
In all, there were 24 categories for various awards on the night.


Check the full list of winners below;
1. Lifetime Achievement Award – Osibisa Band
2. Honorary Award – Amandzeba Nat Brew
3. Honorary Award – Alisa Hotel
4. Honorary Award – Bob Pixel
5. Outstanding Cultural Personality – Nana Krobea Asante Kwahu Mpraeso Adontehene
6. Corporate Support for Arts and Culture – Ghana Tourism Authority
7. Cultural Heritage Entrepreneur – Theophilus Agyekum Sarpong ( Getbusy Art Konsult)
8. Ghanaian Artiste – Ssue
9. Indigenous Caterer – Dimensa
10. Arts and Culture Media (Radio) – Angel fm
11. Arts and Culture Media (Television) – Kantanka Tv
12. Arts and culture media (blog) – Voyageafriq
13. Arts and Culture Media ( Photography) – Dromotion Pictures
14. Arts Festival Event – Black Arts Street Festival
15. Ghanaian Fashion Designer – Eugene d’ Wise
16. Discovery of the Year – Patti Blueh Art
17. Traditional Dance Group – African Music and Dance Foundation
18. Traditional Music Group – Ananse Band
19. Cultural Television Program – Efiri tete (Garden City Tv)
20. Cultural Radio Program – Odomankoma (Opemsuo fm)
21. Spoken Word Artist – Fapempong Acheampong
22. Ghanaian Visual Artist (Sculpture/Ceramic) – Kumi Samuel
23. Ghanaian Visual Artist (Drawing) – Rosebird Ama Dadzie
24. Ghanaian Visual Artist (Painting / Graffiti) – James Mishio

The night also witnessed energizing cultural dance and music performances from Fapempong Acheampong, Akuma Dance Ensemble, Miishe Band and African Dance and Music Foundation. The High Commissioner of South Africa (Her Excellency Grace Mason), Mr. Kifalu S. Masha General Manager of Alisa Hotel, Prophetess Mercy Coffie Chief Servant of Mesukkah Organization Ministry International and CEO of Aunty Aku systems, Mr. Kofi Atta Kakra Kusi Deputy Corporate Affairs Director of the Ghana Tourism Authority ,Mr. Bessa Simons Ag. President MUSIGA, Mrs. Brandina Djaba Wear Ghana Ambassador, Mrs. Alisa Osei Asamoah President of Tour Operators Union of Ghana, Mr. Eric Bannerman CEO of Goldstar Air, Mrs. Delphine Brew Hammond CEO of Miss Tourism Ghana, Mr. Isaac Larmie CEO of Miss Culture Ghana, Mr. Joel F. K Abakah General Manager Ankobra Beach Resort, Mr. Benjamin Oduro Arhin Jnr Asst. Lecturer of School of Creative Arts University of Education Winneba, Gregg Kofi of Osibisa band, Amandzeba Nat Brew, Mr. Peter Akai Anum Executive Director The Head of State Award Scheme and past winners of Miss Tourism Ghana were present at the award ceremony.

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African Court engages Law School of Tanzania students

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African Court engages Law School of Tanzania students

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights has rolled-out a comprehensive programme to engage Law Schools and universities to clarify to the next generation of lawyers of the purpose and objective of the African Court.

It also seeks to use the engagement with up and coming lawyers to understand the operations and powers of the African Continental Court.

In view of the broader scope to school especially law students on its tenets, the African Court has set up Law Schools and Research Centres which will serve as focal point for universities.

Dr. Micha Wiebusch, a Senior Legal Officer at African Court speaking at workshop for law students at Law School of Tanzania said that African Court does not sit as appellate body against national courts.

Instead, it evaluates facts that usually take place in the national context, but it evaluates them in relation to international human rights standards; also, it does not have criminal jurisdiction, or at least, not yet.

“So, we do not establish individual criminal responsibility in relation to international crimes, such as genocide, aggression or war crimes.

“You would be surprised how often people confuse our mandate with that of the International Criminal Court in The Hague or the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, which also had its headquarters in Arusha and still has some residual mechanism there,” he said.

Dr Wiebusch explained that the engagement with universities also provided an opportunity to share insights with scholars on the functioning of the African Court and thereby subjected itself to “fair” and “constructive” criticism, voiced in scientific publications.

“The African Court does take notice of scholarly articles and books that concern it, and it does happen that we change our working methods as a result from an academic study and the evidence-based recommendations contained in them. “This is just to say, that academic writing on the African Court can and has had an impact on the way it operates”.

Dr Wiebusch said the African Court considers law schools and more specifically law students to be particularly important stakeholders because “you are the future of the legal profession.

“In some few years’ time, you will be able to qualify as a registered lawyer on the roster of legal counsel of the African Court and you may be invited by the Court to represent clients before it through its legal aid scheme.

“But even before then, you may be working in law firms or in the ministry of justice, and to strengthen your legal arguments before national courts you may be referring to the case law of the African Court on key issues such as fair trial rights, both in criminal and civil proceedings, or to our case law dealing with electoral matters, or on equality issues.

“Alternatively, it is possible that you may even have a case that you litigate directly before the African Court and will need to be familiar with the procedures of litigation before the African Court.

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