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Professor Karikari urges journalists to stop reporting rumors as facts in conflict-sensitive situations

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A renowned academic and media expert, Professor Kwame Karikari, has urged media professionals to refrain from reporting rumors as facts in conflict-sensitive situations. According to him, the importance of exercising caution and diligence when covering sensitive issues is key, adding that the potential consequences of misinformation during such challenging times could be dire.

Speaking at a two-day capacity-building program organized by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Professor Karikari underscored the role of the media in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and democratic consolidation in Ghana. The professor stressed the need for media practitioners to verify information with security agencies before disseminating it to the public.

Adopting such an approach, according to Professor Karikari, is crucial for maintaining accuracy and credibility in journalism. He pointed out that journalists play a pivotal role in preventing the inadvertent spread of misinformation, which has the potential to escalate tensions during periods of conflict. Hence, by verifying information before publication, media professionals can contribute significantly to the responsible and ethical dissemination of news.

The capacity-building program, organized by MFWA, aimed to enhance the capabilities of media professionals in navigating the complex nature of conflict reporting. The initiative underlines the organization’s commitment to promoting responsible journalism and equipping media practitioners with the necessary skills to address the challenges associated with reporting in conflict-prone environments.

The event, held in Bolgatanga, also served as a platform for media practitioners to foster dialogue, share best practices, and encourage a collective commitment to responsible journalism, particularly in regions facing conflict-related challenges.

Professor Karikari, however, advocated for responsible reporting and emphasized the importance of fact-checking that prioritizes accuracy, credibility, and the promotion of peace and democracy.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1MHZ|Moses Apiah|Bolgatanga|

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