WE DO NOT HATE JOYNEWS/JOY FM; WE HATE THEIR UNPROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTIC WORK AND REPORTAGE

WE DO NOT HATE JOYNEWS/JOY FM; WE HATE THEIR UNPROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTIC WORK AND REPORTAGE

There are these fervid attempts by JoyNews and Joy FM to solidify their culture of silence mantra in the minds of the good people of Ghana when they come under heavy criticisms from government’s communicators over some of their reportage.

It is important to demystify this deliberate misconception being created by these two Multimedia outfits in the public space.

It is not as though we find the entirety of the work they do loathsome. Not at all. We, however, find portions of their reportage highly problematic.

These two entities have become emblematic of everything unprofessional as far as the ethics governing journalism are concerned.

First of all, look at how they reported the Ejura debacle. Their false claims and reportage led to two additional people getting killed. They are partly if not entirely to blame for the two deaths in Ejura.

Their fixation on the flagship Free SHS policy also couches them as entities which are bent on seeing the collapse of this pro-poor program.

No one is against the media reporting on issues discovered in the implementation of the program. What we frown upon are attempts to give same sensational headlines and putting spins to them.

They invited people into their studios, allowed them to run down the Free SHS policy and when the GES Director General and the Education Minister wanted to intervene to give their versions, these people refused.

As people who communicate for the government, they should not expect us to act like zombies and not to set the records straight.

Just this morning, some students in some two schools in Kumasi went on rampage. The schools’ authorities could not deal with the situations and requested the presence of the security agencies. They came and restored sanity and in the process, some students got injured.

JoyNews focused on the security being brought there and the consequent injuries of some of the students. The actions of the students and the fact that the authorities weren’t able to handle the issues did not matter to JoyNews.

A media house worth its salt would cover all the angles for fairness and accuracy. JoyNews chose to dwell on the angle that would make government look like some fiendish monster in the eyes of the people.

Until JoyNews and Joy FM apply professionalism into the work they do, we shall continue to call them out as entities which do not want the best for the country but only interested in changing regimes because these regimes do not kowtow to their whims and caprices.

P.K. Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.