As the media is seen as the fourth arm of government after the legislature, executive and judiciary in every democratic setting, Ghana’s media ought to be held in high esteem as well. But some people feel that some media landscapes aren’t credible.
Below are a few reasons why Ghana’s media credibility is being questioned;
Most of the media outlets barely do ‘ethical’ broadcasting and rather engage in sensationalism. Some news anchors during their Akan news broadcast for instance are supposed do not present the news as it is to their viewers or listeners, but, rather garnish the story to them suit their own agenda.
Another reason is political gimmicks to downplay the media. Few media personnel are able to resist the NPP/NDC games to stay credible. So some are always accused of setting agenda to favour a political party. And the political followers will go to every extent to discredit the journalists’ work to the public.
Lastly, the issue of fear and panic can also be said to be affecting media credibility. Most journalists are unable to have genuine analytical review of issues because of fear for their lives. As soon as there’s an issue, the journalists are unable to face the fact. For instance, the murder of Ahmed Suale has really shaken the media circles in Ghana and caused more fear and panic amongst journalists.
More to follow…