Stop tagging communal clashes as religious clashes – Mornah
“That situation we create is also dangerous so maybe our language in the media has helped to foment the kind of trouble we are seeing,” he remarked.
He criticized the common practice where the media describes communal clashes as religious clashes.
“What happened in Tafo was unfortunate but why is anybody surprised about the way the media carries stories in this country? There is trouble in Tafo and all of a sudden it is Muslim and Christians; then it turned out that Christians are not involved; then it turned out that it was Muslims verses the Traditional authority and so that becomes the caption.”
He questioned why the media tagged the Tafo clashes as a religious clash “and not some youth who had a disagreement over a piece of land.”
According to Mr. Mornah, during the outbreak of Ebola in the West African sub-region last year, the media in Ghana constantly put out reports which suggested that they would have wished there was a case of the disease recorded in the country.
“It was as if the media was always craving for Ghana to get Ebola. When there was a suspicion of a possible case and it is cleared, they will say, ‘there is no Ebola yet.’ Are we expecting it to happen in our country?” he asked.
He nonetheless commended the National Peace Council and the National Chief Imam for their swift intervention to the disturbances at Old Tafo last week.
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