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GJA President Blasts NMC Chairman

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President of the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA),Mr Albert Dwumfour is much disappointed in recent comments made by the Chairman of the National Media Commission (NMC) Mr Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo.

Chairman of the National Media Commission,Mr Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo at an election reporting workshop for journalists organized by the GJA and the US Embassy Ghana Elections 2024 Project in Kumasi last Friday described the decision of the GJA to blacklist some politicians in the Country for attacking journalists as unproductive and dysfunctional.

The NMC Chairman, turning his attention to the recent violent, vile attacks on journalists for exercising their primary obligation of informing the people in the Country, deduced that the GJA cannot fight impunity with impunity.

He said while the approach by the GJA to give a black out on the two MPs is popular, it is dysfunctional.

” I still hold the position that while it is disheartening for journalists to be attacked violently, the unilateral resolve to black out or boycott the MPs is not the most productive reaction.”Mr Ayeboafo further indicated.

But the President of the GJA in a rebuttal insisted that the GJA exhausted all relevant law institutions before going ahead with the directive.

“We see this situation, the media itself, as abnormal, and in abnormal situations, you don’t need dysfunctional or functional minds to treat abnormal situations. You deal with it abnormally, and that is the position of the GJA. I’m utterly shocked that no other person came here to use our platform to chastise us than the NMC Chair.

“He’s a senior journalist and a veteran he didn’t take his time to even ascertain from us what informed the decision, he hasn’t communicated to us. And he just came here to say it’s just dysfunctional? He couldn’t give us functional ways to solve it, and he has run away.”Mr Dwumfour indicated.

According to the GJA President,the NMC has abandoned its core mandate, and the chairman has the gust to say the decision to give a black out on some MPs is dysfunctional because he is heading a state institution.

Source: Ayisah Foster

 

 

 

 

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