July 20, 2024
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Practise responsible journalism in the interest of safeguarding Ghana’s democracry ~ EC chair to journalists

The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Jean Mensa, has emphasised the vital role of journalists in the upcoming 2024 elections.

The EC Chair also urged journalists to exercise responsible journalism in the interest of safeguarding the nation’s democracy and national security.

Speaking at the 27th edition of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Awards, themed “Leveraging Media Freedom to Sustain the Democratic and Security Architecture: The Litmus Test of Election 2024,” Jean Mensa underscored the weight of journalists’ responsibilities in the upcoming election.

She stated: “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.”

The EC Chair further highlighted the significance of the 2024 election, noting that, since it involves an open contest with no incumbent seeking re-election, the stakes are high. 

She noted: “The 2024 elections will be more than a democratic exercise; it will be a test of our nation’s resilience.”

Recognising the influence journalists hold in shaping public opinion, the EC Chair called for a delicate balance between media freedom, democracy, and national security.

 She described journalists as the Fourth Estate, not only a facet of the nation’s democracy but its bedrock, indicating: “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.”

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