Ace broadcaster Kwami Sefa Kayi has described as shameful and senseless the decision by the Electoral Commission to charge the media accreditation fee for the coverage of the December 7, polls.
According to the Peace FM Morning show host, the move may obstruct efforts by journalists to report professionally and objectively during the polls.
Ghana’s Electoral Commission is charging journalists in the country in order to provide them with accreditation to cover presidential and parliamentary polls. The move has been heavily criticised, but the election management body is adamant.
Speaking at a stakeholders meeting organised by the Media Foundation for West Africa, ‘Chairman General’ as Sefa Kayi is popularly known, said it is wrong for the media to be charged for covering elections about their own country.
“My problem with you electoral commissioner is that I think it is shameful that you charge the media to cover the elections. We are not a very sincere people, we like to cover things up.
“It is just like the state protocol asking journalists to pay to cover the Independence parade. I don’t think it is a very good thing you have done, I don’t think it a smart thing to do. If we are not careful, we would end up reporting disaster.
“What is accreditation; a piece of paper with our names and lamination, to cover elections that has to do with our country? I am not happy and it is my opinion,” he said.
He added: “…But truth be told; let all of us speak the truth to power, let’s tell them that we will cover you but you must play your part. Like the electoral commission, we shouldn’t be paying to cover elections, it doesn’t make sense. Let’s tell all of them, the NCCE, the Police and all, let’s tell the truth to power. Let’s tell them the truth”.
Source:Ghana/StarrFMonline.com/103.5FM/Kwame Danso Acheampong