On Monday 22nd June ICM held a seminar entitled ‘Media Law and Ethics – Ghana and Beyond’ at Accra’s British Council Auditorium, in conjunction with the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA).
114 journalists and broadcasters attended ICM’s seminar ‘Media Law and Ethics – Ghana and Beyond’, which was launched by president of the Ghana Journalists Association, Dr. Roland Affail Monney last month.
Lawyer and General Manager of the Graphic Communications Group Ltd., Mr. Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh followed, kicking-off the morning’s discussions. He covered the role and challenges of media law and ethics in the modern, digital world and discussed the responsibility of media professionals to adhere to their strict code of conduct because of the wide-ranging effects reporting has on society.
“Ethical journalism demands fairness, accuracy, competence, retraction, escape from manipulation and the test of bias,” he said.
“We must work within the rules and regulations by weighing the consequences of our actions by checking whether or not that action is in the interest of the larger society.”
He was joined by legal practitioner and the Ghana Bar Association’s representative to the National Media Commission, Mr. Akoto Ampaw, who talked about Ghana’s 1992 constitution on media practices and free speech, and Dr Doris Dartey, communications consultant and educator in media practices.
At the close of the seminar Dr. Dartey, in agreement with all stakeholders, drafted a communiqué which she signed, alongside the other speakers, the president of the GJA and Getrude Nyarko, ICM’s country coordinator for Ghana, outlining the aims and updated code of conduct for Ghana’s media professionals.
*Picture: (from left) ICM Country Coordinator Getrude Nyarko, President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Dr. Affail Monney, Dr. Doris Dartey and a dignitary from Ghana’s Media Commission.