The Deputy Minister of Information, Pious Enam Hadzide, yesterday cautioned journalists to desist from what he termed ‘mercenary’ journalism in order to safeguard the integrity of the profession in the country.
He defined ‘mercenary’ journalism as the phenomenon where some journalists are hired to destroy people, especially public servants, with the aim of making money at the expense of the profession.
He said it was vital for journalists to be guided by their ethnics and sacred duty of informing, educating and entertaining the public.
Mr. Hadzide gave the admonition during the launch of Nimde3 FM and Henpom Hotel owned by the Nodal Investment Limited at Sunyani in the Bono Region.
The Deputy Minister further urged media practitioners to draw a line between expressing their personal opinions and facts in order not to misinform the people.
While expressing government’s commitment to promoting freedom of speech in the country, he entreated the need for journalists to eschew sensationalism and always ensure fair and balanced reportage in their line of work.
The general manager of the Nimde3 FM, Kwadwo Owusu Ansah assured that the station would be the most professional and respected media organisation in the Bono Region and beyond by providing quality service to win the trust of the people.
The owner of the FM and Henpom Hotel, Akwasi Ameyaw Cheremeh, who is also the Member of Parliament of Sunyani East said the sole aim of establishing the two projects was to create employment for the youth as well as ensure reliable information for listeners of the station.
Nana Obiri Yeboah Bediako, Benkumhene of the Sunyani Traditional Council advised staff of the FM station to carry out their work in a professional manner, bearing in mind the various people they would be serving in society.
He urged them to regularly upgrade their knowledge and capacities to enable them be on top of issues.
FROM DANIEL DZIRASAH, SUNYANI