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U.S. Embassy schools Journalists on election misinformation

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The U.S. Embassy Ghana in conjunction with Dubawa, have embarked on a week’s program on Election Misinformation for Ghanaian traditional and digital journalists in Kumasi and Accra.

The program which was on the theme: Navigating the modern information landscape:The crucial role of effective communication in the media and information ecosystem for combating information disorder was part of the Embassy’s continued support for training of Journalists in Ghana and to promote professionalism ahead of Election 2024.

In Ashanti Region ,the first day featured an educational session with a group of News Editors on best practices to combat misinformation and resources for fact checking and verification at the American Space in Kumasi.

Day two ,panel discussion and Workshop with Sarah J. Wachter, U.S. Speaker on Election Misinformation was held.

She used the platform to highlight on disinformation, misinformation and fake news.

According to her ,it is about time journalists look at the consequences of sending out false information to their consumers.

Ashanti regional GJA chairman,Mr Kingsley Hope in his opening remarks advised journalist to read the Code of Ethics governing journalism so that they would always be guided by the ethics in order to authenticate their sources of information before publishing .

Dr. Winnifred Nafisa Mahama – Acting Director, Information Services Department (Ministry of Information) ,
Diana Bempong-Marfo Principal Civic Education Officer and Head of Programs –NCCE ,Kinsgley E Hope – Ashanti Regional Chairman, Ghana Journalists Association spoke on the theme “unraveling the threads of Information Disorder”.

The program will be replicated in Accra with student journalists, as well as traditional and digital journalists .

Source: Ayisah Foster/Broadcastergh.com

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