Chair of the Electoral Commission (EC), Jean Mensa, has told journalists to protect the peace and security of the country with their reports ahead of the 2024 general elections. She asked the journalists to practice responsible journalism.
She said these while delivering the keynote address at the 27th edition of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Awards which was themed: “Leveraging Media Freedom to Sustain the Democratic and Security Architecture: The Litmus Test of Election 2024.” She said “The exercise of your power and freedom in the lead-up to the 2024 election could potentially make or break our nation’s cohesion.
“This is a sobering truth. Therefore, your commitment to ensuring the peace and security of our country as we go to the polls in December 2024, should go beyond mere rhetoric to practising responsible journalism,” she said on Sunday. She furthers them as the Fourth Estate, not merely a facet of the nation’s democracy, but its bedrock.
“You’re the beacon of truth, you’re the guidance of transparency, and you’re the vanguards of freedom and catalyst for informing and shaping public debate. With your role and the nation’s support and protection comes great responsibility.