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GJA chairman encourages journalists to be circumspect in reporting conflict issues

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The Upper East Regional Chairman of the Ghana Journalists Association, William Nlanjerbor Jalulah, has admonished journalists and media practitioners to be more diligent in reporting conflict issues in the Upper East Region.

Speaking at the Upper East Region’s GJA Awards on Friday, October 6, 2023, on the theme ‘Safeguarding the Peace and Security of the Upper East Region: The Role of the Media’, Mr. Jalulah indicated that the role of the media is to champion peace and development, and media practitioners must know what to report and how to report it.

He said, “In the Upper East Region, internal security issues affecting the region, as we all know, are the Bawku issue, which is still an albatross on our neck. The conflict has so many complex dimensions, and in reporting on it, the media must be very circumspect in order not to inflame passions and exacerbate the situation. That is why the role of the journalist is critical. We must know what to report and how to report it. The role of the journalist is to bring about development, and in the midst of protracted conflict like the one we have in Bawku, there can be no development. So let us continue to keep up the good work.” 

The GJA chairman commended journalists and media practitioners in the Upper East Region for conducting themselves well regarding the reporting of conflicts in the region.

He further charges the media to be more responsible in their line of duty to propel unity, peace, and development in the region.

The Upper East GJA awards was held to recognize hardworking journalists who have distinguished themselves in their line of duty

A total of nineteen (19) award categories were won. Seventeen (17) of those awards went to ten (10) deserving individual journalists, while two (2) went to two (2) radio stations. Five individuals received honorary awards.

The 2022 Upper East Regional GJA Awards held in partnership with the main sponsor – the SHARE Project being implemented by Right to Play, FAWE, FHI 360 and WaterAid Ghana with sponsorship from Global Affairs Canada. Other sponsors are, Afrikids Ghana, Earl International Group (Ghana) Gold Mining Ltd, MTN Ghana, Silas Amoah Foundation, Endswell Pharmacy, Youth Harvest Foundation, VRA/NEDCO, Widows and Orphans Movement, Participatory Action for Rural Development Alternatives (PARDA), Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Samuel Adagom|Ghana

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