Media urged to be circumspect in reportage to ensure peace

Rt. Rev. Osabutey (middle) addressing the media.With him are Dr. Tetteh (left) and Very Rev. Asford Quarcoo.a reverend minister.  Photo: Maxwell K. Bilson

Rt. Rev. Osabutey (middle) addressing the media.With him are Dr. Tetteh (left) and Very Rev. Asford Quarcoo.a reverend minister. Photo: Maxwell K. Bilson

A RENOWNED International Evangelist, Dr Lawrence Tetteh, has asked the media to be circumspect in their reportage this electioneering year, in order not to derail the peace of the country.

“Let us (media) not give credence to insults from politicians.  We should be sensitive and responsible in our approach in publishing whatever we want to publish,” he said.

Dr Tetteh gave the advice during the launch of the Wesleyan Revival scheduled to begin today and end on March 13, at the Independence Square in Accra. It is  being organised by the Accra Diocese of the Methodist Church Ghana, under the theme, ‘Washed in the Blood of Jesus’.

Dr Tetteh said the peace of the country during and after the 2016 general elections, would largely depend  on the media through their news reportage.

According to him,  Ghanaians  over the past several decades, had cherished the peace the country was enjoying and the media should not be the conduit to destabilise the country.

“Ghana, is described as a beacon of hope among its peers in West Africa, and the media must work hard to consolidate that  achievement,” he stated, advising that “the media should take a cue from the Rwandan war which was sparked by the media and claimed thousands of lives,  and use the power they  wield to unite the country”.

Dr Tetteh expressed worry about the concentration of the media on negatives stories and entreated the media to focus also on the positive things happening in the country.

He also called on all Ghanaians to play their part to ensure peace, prosperity and development of the country, saying “we all have a collective responsibility to build  a prosperous and united country”.

The Accra Diocesan Bishop, the Rt. Rev Samuel Kofi Osabutey, the brain behind  the revival, said the programme was  to “bring the nation together.”

“The objective of the Wesleyan Revival is to bring together, all the leaders of the political parties and Ghanaians, at large, to promote the peace of the country,” he said.

Rt. Rev Osabutey said as part of the programme, there would be daily seminars on leadership at the Calvary Methodist Church at Adabraka, delivered by some experienced people who had distinguished themselves in their fields of endeavour.

The Diocesan Bishop said President John Mahama would address a thanksgiving service on March 13, to crown the programme.

Touching on the 2016 general elections, the Bishop urged all the contending parties to respect the decisions of the Electoral Commission, which had been given the constitutional mandate to oversee the elections.

Very Rev Samuel Quartey, the Diocesan Co-ordinator in charge of Evangelism and Renewal, said people should come to the programme in an expectant mood, adding “those who will attend the programme will experience the power of God.

By Kingsley Asare

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