The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), has condemned the pranks put up by a section of the media to deceive the public on Friday, April 1.
A statement signed and issued by the president of the association, Affail Monney, noted how some radio stations commemorated April 1 as All Fools’ Day, with hoax activities on their morning shows to stir confusion among the public, and described such acts as “mischievous and unprofessional by all standards”.
“We refer particularly to the one by Joy FM which gave listeners the impression that its ‘Super Morning Show’ host, Kojo Yankson, while on air, was forcibly picked up by two BNI operatives from the studio and taken away.
“The whole incident later turned out to be a practical joke for April Fools’ Day. We consider that type of prank to be an expensive joke with no entertainment value,” it stressed.
The statement said, “the GJA was deeply disappointed that a radio station of Joy FM’s calibre could decide to indulge in such broadcast vulgarism that had the tendency to undermine media trust, public security and generate unnecessary political tension”.
It said the action by Joy FM was misplaced, especially in the wake of the recent incident involving National Security, the BNI and the New Patriotic Party over the deportation of three South African securitymen said to have been in Ghana to train the private security of Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo, flagbearer of the NPP.
“The GJA considers the use of the mass media to play such tricks as dangerous and inimical to the image of the media, whose personnel are expected to be disseminators and conveyors of credible information at all times,” it said.
The statement further urged the media to use their platforms to promote decent dialogue and debate, especially in this election year to help inform, educate and entertain the people, rather than engage in such pranks that raise false alarm and put the country in a state of confusion, instead of peace.
By Times Reporter