Monday, 22 January 2018

GJA executives glorify God for overwhelming victory

The executives of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) on Sunday attended a thanksgiving service to give honour and glory to God for the overwhelming electoral victory.

Mr Roland Affail Monney, the GJA president; Mr Kofi Yeboah, the General Secretary; and Mr Albert Kwabena Dwumfour, the Organising Secretary, were some of the executive members that attended the service at the Church of Pentecost at Alajo in Accra.
Also in attendance were senior media practitioners, including Mrs Yaa Oforiwa Asare-Peasah, the head of Editorial of the Ghana News Agency (GNA); Mrs Beatrice Asamani Savage, the News Editor, GNA; Mr Fortune Alimi, the Editor of the Daily Guide; and Madam Zee Adum Atta, a lawyer and a journalist.
Pastor Peter Mensah Yanney, the district pastor of the church, urged the GJA executives to eschew practices that would dent the image of the profession so as to have the moral right to correct others.
Pastor Yanney said they were victorious in the election in order to perform roles to sanitise the media landscape, which was full of insults and unprofessional conducts.
“In leading the campaign against corruption, media practitioners must act professionally and responsibly by not giving their platforms to nation wreckers,” he said.
He, therefore, charged the executives to be role models in order to execute their tasks without fear or favour.
Mr Kwabena Dwumfour, also an elder of the church, said the task ahead was challenging, but gave the assurance that the team would deliver on their promises.
He said going into the New Year, the GJA would insist on professionalism, high standards and respect for the GJA Code of Ethics to promote sanity in the media.
Fighting for the welfare of journalists was going to be paramount to the GJA, Mr Dwumfour said, and called for unity among members to be able to advocate for the passage of the Right to Information Bill (RTI).
"The executive, legislature and judiciary should all help in passing the RTI to enhance media work," he said.
Mr Dumfour said there would be annual regional conferences to know the challenges of journalists in the regions to find solutions to them.
The GJA would also undertake training and socialisation programmes to promote professionalism and bonding among members, he added.
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