Sunday 2nd February, 2020
By Prosper K. Kuorsoh, GNA
Wa, Feb. 2, GNA – Mr Saanbaye B. Kangberee,
the Upper West Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has
reiterated the importance of the media and said; “It is only dictators who do
not like the media.”
He emphasized that the media were important
for the growth of every democracy and must be supported to play that role
effectively instead of being bastardised.
Mr Kangberee was speaking at a meeting with
journalists and media practitioners in Wa aimed at deepening the working
relationship between the media and the Party in the Region.
He said as they approached the 2020
elections, politicians in their quest to gain or stay in power would be at each
other’s throat with all manner of allegations and counter allegations.
The media must, therefore, be tactful in
their reportage to avoid inflaming passions that would lead to chaos and derail
the country’s democratic gains, he said.
Mr Kangberee noted that the work of
journalists was important in building democratic institutions, keeping the
citizens informed and ensuring accountability among the people, especially
politicians and public office holders.
He said the least politicians could do was
to appreciate the work of the media and encourage them to continue to hold the country
together through fair, accurate and balanced reportage.
The NPP Regional Chairman noted that
journalism thrived on the truth but cautioned that, sometimes, where the truth
would lead to confusion and chaos, journalists should hold high the peace of
society and exercise restraint.
He assured the media of an open door policy
of the NPP Regional Office and that they should not hesitate to seek
clarification on any information before publication.