By Samuel Akumatey, GNA
Ho, Jan. 20, GNA – Mr Zayaa Yeebo, Editor in
Chief of the Public Agenda Newspaper has called on the media to help deepen
democratic development by sanitising the political space.
He observed that political entities were
threatening violence ahead of the 2020 general elections, and that it was the
responsibility of the media to help keep them in check.
This the media can do by being circumspect
and not being a conveyor belt, which carries everything put on it. The media
should be able to sieve the news from the hate speeches and give reportage that
Mr Yeebo said this when he chaired a public
forum on the state of the nation organised by the People’s Democratic Movement
(PDM), a political movement, in Ho on Saturday.
“Political parties are beating war drums,
and the media must keep them in check,” he said, calling for proper examination
and communication of issues towards ensuring that the Nation’s democratic
governance system did not fall to political interests.
Mr Yeebo said the media remained on the
frontlines of attitudinal change, which was key to democratic development, and
must therefore help maintain a well-informed, and patriotic public.
Professor Kojo Aidoo, Acting Chairman of the
Movement, said citizens must discover the Nation’s mission and deliver it,
noting that rising unemployment and national debt stock, bred dissentions
including secessionist movements.
He said a “new revolutionary, radical and
redemptive movement” was therefore needed, and that the left must help provide
a credible alternative that would challenge the status quo, which he alleged
had been defined by an ever widening social divide.
Prof. Aidoo said the people must be the
means to democratic governance, and must therefore undertake self-assessment,
and join hands with the PDM, which he claimed believed in popular democracy and
the democratisation of development.
“We are moving, and as we move, we want
every part of Ghana to move. It’s a herculean task, which requires years of
struggle, which must continue till we meet an end of the crime, dependency and
strife that Ghanaians have been living through since 1957,” he said.
The Chairman called for strong civil
societies, and said all must help usher in an era where institutions would work
to enhance the development of the citizenry.
He also charged the youth to empower
themselves to take over the world, and advised them to take advantage of
agriculture and skills development.
world is looking up to Africa as resources are getting spent up, therefore we
all must begin self-reflection to understand the process by which we arrived
here today, and see how we can move out of it,” the Chairman said.
The PDM, which was launched in October 2018
as a “mass revolutionary movement” has promised the establishment of a new
political order; one that would guarantee social justice, and patriotism.
It seeks to “redeem the Nation”
from what it describes as “neo-colonial exploitation”, and h
The Movement also promises to develop a “pan
African orientation” that would help realise continental collaboration and