Jefferson Sackey’s Economics Context to Ghana’s Media Ranking Apt

Jefferson Sackey’s Economics Context to Ghana’s Media Ranking Apt

The astronomically downhill spiral in Ghana’s scores as captured by the Reporters Without Borders with respect to freedom of the media cannot be wholly blamed on government’s supposed hostility towards journalists in Ghana.

In discussion the rankings, journalists empaneled conveniently and deliberately ignored the obvious and causal ingredient that sent Ghana’s position down.

They remained on the aspect that makes government look like a monster in the eyes of the general public.

In their discussion, they could not come out with clear, definite and incontrovertible facts which would give meat to the claim that this administration has been extremely hostile towards media personalities.

Within the timeframe in which the survey was done, no major anti-journalists incident occurred. What, however, played a key role in the rankings was the economics aspect of the report.

Journalists are not paid well as the document stipulated. That aspect of the report is the gravamen of this whole brouhaha surrounding the outcomes of the survey.

This is what Jefferson Sackey, the Deputy Director of Communications at the Office of the President, is highlighting in this video.

This point, strangely, did not feature very much in the discourses surrounding the report. Our journalists appear reluctant to confront the very demons which militate against their jobs.

We can all argue the toss all we please, the inescapable truth is that media houses do not pay many journalists well and that has affected their work adversely.

P.K.Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.

Economy General