Gifty Afenyi Dadzie, a former member of the Council of State, is proposing for the formation of a Moral Charter to clean up the media landscape.
She is also proposing for a “list of shame” in which “the name of a Media House that violates Media Ethnics is published and sanctioned.”
Mrs Afenyi Dadzie stated at the National Development Conference in Gomoa Feteh on the topic of “Moral Vision and National Development, the Role of the Media,” that “such an initiative, among others, will go a long way to minimize the use of intemperate language on the airwaves.”
Mrs. Afenyi Dadzie stated that the media has a mandate to inform, educate, and entertain; however, the media in Ghana also has a job to uphold the government’s responsibility and accountability.
She stated that, while this has been done effectively, more may be done, especially because some media outlets are in bed with prior and previous regimes. This is exacerbated by politicians’ use of media sources to push their agenda. “It is past time to clear the airwaves of foul language and insult politics,” she remarked.
A Former Minister of Women’s Affairs, Zimbabwe, Dr Olivia Muchena delivery a talk on “Raising Effective Politicians for Africa” said there should be an institution that will train and nurture politicians as this will help them deliver on their mandate.
She said elections should not be seen only as a contest but a moment to evaluate the stewardship of Politicians.
At the end of the two-day conference, a National Moral Vision Policy will be developed to chart a way forward towards national development.