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Ace investigative Journalist Manasseh Azure speaks on Ghana’s media. According to him in his view less than 10% of the media are doing the critical journalism that is needed to shape and change the nation.
Writing on his Facebook page he said Some have imposed the culture of silence on themselves in order to keep their jobs or to make money.. Read his full write up below.
No matter how you look at it, Ghana’s media is living below expectation. In my view, less than 10% of the media and journalists are doing the critical journalism that is needed to shape and change this country.
Some have imposed the culture of silence on themselves in order to keep their jobs or to make money. They rather fight those who dedicate themselves to doing critical journalism.
In 2017, for instance, the GJA attacked me in a press statement for doing an investigation that eventually led to the cancellation of a $74million fraudulent contract awarded to the Jospong Group.
The GJA could not state anything was wrong with that story, which eventually won me the West Africa Journalist of the Year at the 2018 WAMECA. The GJA only said I was destroying a profitable Ghanaian business. If you want to do critical journalism in Ghana, some of your fiercest attackers and saboteurs will be journalists.
So, while we fight the suppression of our freedom and resist attacks on critical journalism, we should accept wholeheartedly what Sam Jonah has for us.
I know the enormous challenges we face. And I know a few journalists and media houses that are breaking their backs to produce quality content despite these daunting challenges.
But the media, generally, is failing Ghana. And we must do something about it.