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GJA to revise code of ethics

March 31, 2016, 4:08 p.m.

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) is to come out with a revised code of ethics to guide journalism practice in country, to reflect the changes in the media landscape. 

The president of the association, Mr. Affail Monney, said a team of experts had been asked to work on the document, explaining that the media landscape had changed since the code was first adopted in July 1994, especially with the introduction of social media.

“We are aware standard of journalism is not uniform in the country, some are doing well … but some section, the standard is abysmal”, Mr. Monney lamented.

He was responding to issues raised by the Director General of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Dr. Nii Moi Thompson, at a meeting with the executives of the association in Accra to brief them on the preparations toward the formulation of a long – term development framework for the country spanning 2018-2057.

The GJA president reiterated the critical role the media plays in shaping the development of the country, adding that the association was committed to professional retraining of journalists to effectively discharge their mandate and urged the commission to support in the regard.

Dr. Thompson, who also had training in journalism, said the meeting was to create that platform for the media to “state its case and be heard loudly on how we can collaborate to build a new society with high level of decency.”

He said the quality of journalism in some section of the media had been called to question and stressed on the need for high ethical and professional standards, saying that “we should not be writing for writing sake. Whatever you write becomes historical documents and references for researchers.”

The Director General of NDPC suggested the establishment of an African Network of Journalists “so that we can begin to see the world through our own eyes, rather than someone else’s eyes.”

On the long term development plan, Dr. Thompson said the commission had met with all the ministries, Departments and Agencies to study their policies and visions, to feed into the preparation of the long term framework.

He said that the commission would next month engage with researchers and civil society organisations, to make their inputs before the actual formation of the long-term framework.

The plan is expected to provide continuity for the long termnational development and the flexibility of changes in government through elections.

It is a vision of a just, free and prosperous country with high level of national income and broad – based social development.

The current GJA code of conduct was adopted on July 27, 1994 to guide and ensure highest ethical standards and professional competence and good behavior in carrying out their duties.

Source: Ghanaian Times

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