This is to decentralize the commission’s operations as a means of reaching out to all media agencies working under its supervision.
Ambassador Kabral Amihire said this when he was addressing a group of Journalists in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions at a day’s media sensitization workshop organized in Tamale.
He also disclosed his administration’s quest to establish a media Development Fund to assist media personnel and organizations to better manage their activities and sharpen their skills.
The National Media Commission Chairman observed that media pluralism in Ghana had reached its peak hence the need to keep in check the operations of media agencies in the country.
Ambassador Kabral Amihire thus stood by his proposal that the State should by extension fund private owned media houses to enable them play their responsive roles towards nation building.
This, according to the National Media Commission Chairman will help his outfit to address the financial challenges media practitioners in Ghana have been grappling with.
He warned Ghanaian Journalists against compromising their professional standards and ethics by living beyond reproach in the line of duty.
He admitted that it was in the interest of the Commission to promote responsible and accountable journalism towards nation building.
Ambassador Amihire blamed the media for the unnecessary and undue polarization of issues of national interest and reminded them of their agenda setting and gate keeping responsibilities.
“We need an independent media in Ghana that offers truth and insight into issues of national importance” he emphasized.
The NMC Chairman thereby called on journalists to be guided by the code of ethics of the profession as that will make them succeed in gaining public respect and sympathy.
He further pleaded with Ghanaian Journalists to be the first to defend media freedom with particular reference to Chapter 12 of the 1992 constitution.
For her part, Dr. Audrey Gadzekpo, a member of the commission urged the media to transcend on their limitations and persevere to become icons in their profession.
She complained that topical issues underpinning the development of rural areas have been under-reported by the media and urged them to place premium on rural reporting.
Dr. Gadzekpo also underscored the need for the modern storage of journalism materials particularly articles since in her observation, most media houses in Ghana lacked storage facilities.
Abdul Majeed Yakubu, Vice Chairman of the northern regional branch of GJA cited the influx of what he described as “Quack Journalists” in the media landscape as one of the factors that have contributed to the denigration of the profession in many circles.
He noted that despite the challenges of inadequate facilities, lack of personnel and resources, media practitioners in the northern region have tremendously held public office holders accountable for their stewardship and gave voice to the voiceless in society.