The Eastern Regional Branch of the Ghana Journalists Association has co-opted the Omanhene of New Juaben Traditional Area, Daasebre Nana Kwaku Boateng III as a member and a Patron of the Eastern Regional GJA.
The 2017 GJA code of ethics was presented to Omanhene as a symbol of his admission into the Ghana Journalists Association as a patron and also to guide him on ethical issues relating to the media practice and journalism.
The Association conferred the member and patron status on him when they paid a courtesy call on Daasebre Kwaku Boateng III at the Yiadom and Hwedie Palace.
The visit was to welcome the chief and reaffirm the GJAs commitment in supporting the development agenda of New Juaben.
Eastern Regional Chairman of the Ghana Journalists Association, Mr Maxwell Kudekor, indicated that, the conferment of GJA membership and patron status on His Royal Majesty, Daasebre Nana Kwaku Boateng III, is in pursuant to Article 16 (d) (v) of the GJA constitution 2004.
He said, the provision mandate the Regional Executives to co-opt members and resource persons to the association.
He called on the traditional council to help deepen their media relations in order to continue a very cordial working relationship with the media.
Mr Maxwell Kudekor mentioned that, Article 11 of the 1992 constitution of Ghana recognise customs relative to communities as part of Ghanaian laws and that, our traditional authority and local democracy was well established before the introduction of the Western democracy.
He underscored the need for journalists to use their medium in upholding the sanctity and dignity of the traditional authority and promote development.
Maxwell Kudekor was optimistic the Omanhene will support journalism and promote independence and freedom of the press.
On his part, the Omanhene of New Juaben, Daasebre Nana Kwaku Boateng III, accepted the patron status and pledged his support for the GJA and the media.
He said, his doors were wide open to all and sundry who wished to come to him, adding that the development of New Juaben should be a priority to all.
He advised the media to be professional and ensure decency in their content whiles promoting peace.
FROM AMA TEKYIWAA AMPADU AGYEMAN, KOFORIDUA