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Ho Municipal Chief Executive Urges Journalists to Uphold Ethics and Avoid Defamation

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Journalists in the Volta and Oti Regions have been urged to exhibit high ethical standards in their practice to deepen democracy and reshape society. The call was made by Mr Divine Bosson, the Ho Municipal Chief Executive, during the region’s celebration of this year’s “World Press Freedom Day”, held at the Ho Municipal Assembly Hall.

Mr Bosson commended journalists in the two regions for their efforts in promoting growth and development. He urged them to adhere to their ethical principles and avoid being manipulated by individuals or politicians with parochial interests.

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During the event, Mr Emmanuel Kpatsi, Regional Director for the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), highlighted the abuses suffered by journalists, especially from state actors, and how to mitigate their associated effects. He also urged journalists to protect one another and to work together to improve and develop the regions.

Mr Emmanuel Agbaxode, the Volta and Oti regional Chairman of the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA), emphasized that press freedom is under attack globally, and Ghana has not been immune to such threats. He called on stakeholders, media organizations, and the government to support the effort in promoting and protecting the rights, freedom, and responsibilities of journalists in the two regions and the country at large.

For the most part, the ceremony was organized by the GJA and recorded the presence of journalists, media practitioners, heads of state and private institutions, and the public. The theme for this year’s event was “Shaping a Future of Rights: Freedom of Expression as Driver for Human Rights towards Ghana’s Development.”

In conclusion, it is important for journalists to uphold high ethical standards in their practice, as it is crucial to deepen democracy and reshape society. This can be achieved by avoiding defamation and being manipulated by individuals or politicians with parochial interests. It is also important for stakeholders, media organizations, and the government to support the efforts of journalists in promoting and protecting their rights, freedom, and responsibilities. By working together, we can improve and develop the regions and the country as a whole.

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