Operate Within Code of Ethics- Chief Justice charges Journalists

Her Ladyship the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia A. B. Akuffo, has cautioned Journalists that their practice of investigative journalism should be in the interest of the public and not for ulterior motives.

“The limit of investigative journalism is privacy and the limit of privacy is the public interest and so if we bear this simple statement in mind, we will not cross lines that will create problems because what is required is a careful act of balancing to reach a perfect equilibrium in a democracy like ours. So far as there are investigative journalists who want to peek into people’s private lives, they must bear in mind the importance of the fact that in peeking into someone’s private life, you are serving a public interest and not just playing mischief”, she said.  

She was delivering the keynote address at the 23rd Ghana Journalists’ Association (GJA) Awards held in Accra, on the theme “State of Investigative Journalism: Boundaries of Privacy and Borders of the Public Interest.

She urged Journalists to do the necessary background checks before putting out information, saying it would help place value on stories published both by the individual and his or her media organization.  The Chief Justice further called on the GJA to constantly review its Code of Ethics to reflect modern demands, while urging journalists to operate within the Code of Ethics, with particular attention to individuals’ rights to privacy and human dignity.

For his part, the Minister of Information Designate, Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, asked the media to use their power positively to build the country. “You are the ones who will determine whether Ghanaians will hear stories that will inspire us and challenge us to do better; stories that will determine the sort of psyche we express as a nation. You have the power to determine if the next generation of Ghanaians will grow up believing in their nation and believing in their ability to change the world. You also have the power to determine if they will grow up believing that nothing can ever work in Ghana and nothing works in Ghana. I want to encourage you to take this responsibility seriously”, he said.

The 2017 PAV Journalist of the Year award went to the host of the Citi Breakfast Show, Bernard Avle with Joyce Danso of the Ghana News Agency picking an award for Best Crime and Court Reporting.

The GJA also conferred honorary awards on some persons who have contributed immensely to the growth of Ghana’s media industry. They are Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, Mrs. Barbara Gaisie, Dr. Osei Kwame Despite, Mr. A. C. Ohene, Madam Faustina Nelson, Dr. Ernest Ofori Sarpong, Dr. Samuel Amo Tobbin, Mr. Kwasi Twum and Commissioner of Police (COP), Dr. George A. Dampare.    

 

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