The Judicial Service has organised a training for journalists in northern Ghana to equip them with the relevant skills and knowledge on covering court proceedings.
The two-day training, held in Tamale, was also to enable the participants to master the dynamics of election-related cases so as not to heighten political tension.
It was on the theme, ‘Responsible and objective court reporting before, during and after Election 2016: The media and the law”.
Some of the topics treated were: ‘What constitutes contempt of court?’ and ‘Types of contempt in relation to the media’ which were handled by Justice Eric Kyei-Baffour, a High Court Judge.
Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng, Chairman of the National Media Commission, spoke on ‘Press freedom and responsible journalism: Is the media a threat to Judicial Independence?’
Justice Edward Apenkwah, a supervising High Court Judge, Northern Region, who addressed participants, expressed the hope that the training would reinvigorate them to help keep the populace abreast of proceedings and outcomes of court cases.
Justice Apenkwah stated, “As always, our doors are open to help you cross-check relevant facts so that your reports reflect the true picture of court proceedings”.
Mr Caesar Abagali, Northern Regional chairman of the Ghana Journalists Association, described the training as, “Very important in enhancing the work of court reporters”.
He appealed to the Judicial Service to regularly organise such training programmes to update the skills of journalists to serve society better.