Executive Director for Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has expressed disappointment in the Ghanaian media.
According to Mr. Sulemana Braimah, the media industry is becoming an entity that politicians use to propagate their agenda.
He said the media has lost its focus of centering on the critical developmental challenges affecting the country and have instead turned their platforms into one for political debate.
“Our media industry is absolutely and almost entirely becoming an entity that politicians use to propagate their agenda, normally just propaganda and one wonders why journalists will continue to tolerate and make our media platforms, platforms for political discussions, usually NPP, NDC.”
The MFWA Executive Director was speaking at a zonal advocacy workshop organized by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) with the support of the European Union to build the capacity of media personnel in the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo and Central Regions towards strengthening Ghana’s democracy.
He believes the media is partly to blame for the problems in the country, adding if “our media, journalists across the country were focusing on the issues and dealing with the critical problems facing this country, our politicians will sit up, those who have to do what they have to do will it and do it right .” (sic)
The obviously concerned Sulemana Braimah has therefore admonished journalists to discard the practice of engaging political opponents in unnecessary blame games and rather “do what they have to do”.
He said what the people want in their lives is to know what journalists can do to ensure that authorities are held accountable for their actions and duty bearers are transparent in what they do.
Something he indicates will help in nation building in the long run.