The Convener of the Volta Youth Alliance, Shadrach Fofo Ahiable is blaming the perennial lack of objectivity of Ghanaian radio and television political talk shows on the lack of tenacity and professionalism on the part of presenters and the unnecessary controls owners of media houses put on their employees in a bid to achieve their political agenda.
He is worried that neutral journalism is being threatened as many on air personalities are overridden by their political affiliations and beliefs. “It is a sad story that leaders who must promote objective media and inspire positive electoral behavior and decency are rather killing it to score cheap political points”, Ahiable lamented. The Media Foundation for West Africa and other like minded organisations have been very critical of media practitioners and stations, as well as media owners who use quality airtime to pursue insulting and denigrating politics through political talk shows and has been naming and shaming affected people with the view to stopping the unfortunate practice especially in this election year.
Speaking in a radio interview, the convener of the Volta Youth Alliance said many politicians hide under hypocrisy to create tension through ‘cheap media practitioners who lack the acumen and professional integrity to pursue objective journalism’, a situation he described as unfortunate for Ghana’s media integrity.
Shadrach Fofo Ahiable is urging the media to engage experts to discuss sensitive national developmental issues on media platforms instead of politicians who are mostly driven by partisanship, selfishness and greed.