Not only was I disconcerted but dismayed at what I read from Araba Koomson of JoyNews.
In fact, my consternation knew no bounds upon reading what Araba Koomson wrote to the effect that hashtags do not kill people and that bullets do so. She asks the barking dogs to get their facts right.
There is no gainsaying the fact that the media plays a pivotal role in helping shape the development paradigm of a country. The media reports and educates at the same time.
Only an ignoramus would discount the importance of the media in the socio-economic development of any country.
The media has, in some jurisdictions, caused heartaches in the forms of conflicts and bloodshed with their reportage.
Zoning in on Ejura, Araba Koomson ought to know that the false or fabricated reportage they aired contributed immensely to the deaths of the two others.
It was JoyNews and its siblings that heavily influenced the youth of Ejura to hit the streets which led to the shootouts which killed two people.
JoyNews and its sister stations jumped on the bandwagon of Kaaka being an advocate of fixthecountry whose advocacy was making the government unpopular. JoyNews succeeded in putting into the minds of the people that Kaaka was killed by some actors associated with the DCE of Ejura who felt he was attacking the Akufo-Addo administration.
If JoyNews and others had not peddled this falsehood or did not allow themselves to be misled by the fixthecountry advocates, the youth would not have gone on rampage for the soldiers to be deployed in the first place, leading to those unfortunate happenings.
Bullets do kill, as Araba said but bullets have no legs or hands. Bullets are fired by people not in a vacuum. Something triggers the hand to fire the bullet and in this case, JoyNews’ irresponsible journalistic work led to the youth pouring onto the streets to demonstrate which resulted in the bullets being fired.
Araba Koomson should apologize to those of us who follow her exploits religiously for making such a post which defies common sense.
P.K.Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.