The former Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa says the two persons who have been verbally abused most in Ghana’s political space is President Akufo-Addo and Jerry John Rawlings.
Prof Kwame Karkari said the advent of serial callers and partisan activities have resulted in an increase in foul language used by the masses in national dialogue, especially in the media.
Speaking in Accra at 70th Anniversary Public Lecture of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), “Jerry John Rawlings and Nana Akufo-Addo have been the biggest victims of political insults in our politics today.”
The public lecture was held on the theme, “Journalism yesterday and today: Repositioning media with technology”.
The topic for the public lecture seeks to evaluate the performance of the media in the past and present and assess how technology could be employed by the media in order to be more impactful under the current dispensation.
It is the first of three public lectures lined up by the GJA to discuss pertinent issues in the media landscape and was attended by media practitioners, academics, politicians, civil society activists and representatives of international partners of the GJA.
Prof Karikari who is also the Chairman of the Board of the state-owned Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL) addressed the challenge of fake news and urged members of the media to be more professional in their duties.
Veteran journalist and former minister of state Elizabeth Ohene who chaired the event also bemoaned the canker, adding that the phenomenon of fake news had exaggerated matters across the African continent.