Mr Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh, Chairman of the National Media Commission (NMC) Monday said the safety of journalists must be secured at all times, irrespective of their conduct under the country’s rule of law.
He explained that it was only when journalists were secured that society could ask for accountability from them.
Speaking at a Development Partners conference on Media Support Programmes in Accra, on Monday, Mr Ayeboafoh said just as suspects of crimes were taken through the due course of justice to determine their guilt or otherwise, so must any journalist accused of a crime.
The conference was geared towards getting the buy-in of critical stakeholders into the two programmes initiated by the State for the Ghanaian media.
The “Media Capacity Enhancement Programme”; and the “Coordinated Mechanism for Safety of Journalists”, are aimed at creating a conducive and safe environment for media practitioners and also to enhance their capacity.
Mr Ayeboafoh said no Ghanaian journalist must be seen as an enemy of the people of Ghana, adding that “the journalist can’t be against the people.”
In throwing his support for the two Government-initiated programmes, Mr Ayeboafoh said it was imperative for the State to fund such programmes, given the vast resources at its disposal.
The Media Commission was fully involved since its inception around 2019, he added.
He said both programmes were very important, particularly, that on the safety of journalists.
The safety of a journalist, he said, must not be seen as his or her own responsibility, as doing that would make society compromise on a number of things, he explained.