The United States (U.S) Ambassador to Ghana, H.E Stephanie S. Sullivan has called on Ghanaian journalists to verify facts before putting information in the public domain.
Speaking at the Media Capacity Enhancement Programme (MCEP) held at the Manhyia Palace, she advised journalists to shun deceptive sources of information- persons she chose to describe as “Kwaku Ananse” whose only drive is to mislead with a one-sided story.
“It’s essential to do research: check and double-check your sources, seek a different perspective. Don’t be misled by a ‘Kwaku Ananse’, who gives you only a part of the story.
“We are all better served by a well-rounded fact-based body of reporting that allows the public to hear all sides and often that means not being the first to break the news.
“With strong and professional reporting, you can bring balance to public policy debate; you can remove emotion and replace it with facts that let us all participate in democracy. You can give a voice to all sides in a debate even if you personally disagree with some views”, she admonished.
She hoped for the success of the training programme.
“We stand behind you and are ready to assist in any way we can”, she added.
Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini