In case you haven’t noticed, many of our journalists have toned down their anti-government rants since this administration took over.Few try to go out on a ledge but do carefully to avoid tasting the wrath of government agents and officials. You don’t need to be told that the administration has been manipulating the masses through the media.In opposition, the used their agents in the media to plant stories that they
These proprietors of the “powerful media houses” influence editorial policies and threaten their workers who shift from his policies with dismissal. But I ask, how many of our journalists who open themselves up to manipulation, rise to stardom. The interesting and intriguing point is that the President they are protecting and afraid to criticise, became popular through his fearless and constant criticism of past regimes. You may have issues with the present political stance of Kweku Baako, Pratt and other senior journalists but the truth is that, years ago, they stood up against arbitrariness in the system against all odds, they were chased out of their homes, suffered brutalities and serious psychological trauma. They deserve the respect we accord them and must be allowed to enjoy their partial retirement. Komla Dumor suddenly, became a hero when he courageously tackled the SSNIT issue on his show, Prof PV Ansah, Kofi Koomson, Kofi Badu, Kabral and others all suffered brutalities and psychological challenges because of the stance they took against certain policies governments in the past took. These are our heroes when it comes to journalism in Ghana. Those who sold their conscience to the politicians died out with the exit of their political friends.
This ploy to destroy the credibility of people who will not mesh with theory ideas has been extended to online publishers. Editors of the popular online publishers (News portals) and editors of some newspapers are being threatened every day by some persons in government. You either succumb to their dictates or find yourself in the law court. This is the situation our journalists find themselves under this regime. The culture of silence is back, journalists are being manipulated and conditioned to protect the current administration.