President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has admonished graduating students of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) to abide by the ethics and professional standards of journalism.
Addressing the 12th congregation of the Institute in Accra, Mr Akufo-Addo said: “As is unfolding before our very eyes on daily basis, this deliberate misinformation campaigns, which, in themselves, are not new in politics and war, have now gained added currency with the proliferation of media channels.
“This is not only the preserve of enemy states in times of war, but has also now become a vociferous tool of political actors who aim to win public relations battles by fabricating or twisting facts and churning them out either through traditional media or new media channels as news”.
He entreated the young professionals to “be the generation of Ghanaian media practitioners that refuse to be either victim or pawn, and accept to travel down the path of genuine popular enlightenment which represents the strongest guarantee of our national independence and sovereignty.”
The president pointed out that the GIJ “has the continuous responsibility of maintaining the quality of professionals trained for the media landscape.”
A total of 870 students graduated with degrees, diplomas and certificates in communication.