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Better for Ghanaian media to be irritating, reckless than praise-singers – Nana Addo

The President believes a vibrant media is what is needed in Ghana, adding that it is better to have a reckless and irritating press than one monotonous.

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President Akufo-Addo has stated that he would prefer a media that is “reckless” and “irritating” than one which only sings praises of his government.

According to him, a democracy “has no place for a media that does not keep public authorities on their toes”.

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The President believes a vibrant media is what is needed in Ghana, adding that it is better to have a reckless and irritating press than one monotonous.

He made these comments whiles speaking at the London School of Economics’ Africa Summit on the theme: “Africa At Work: Educated, Employed And Empowered”.

President Akufo-Addo play

President Akufo-Addo

 

“The media in Ghana has come into its own, and what used to be called the culture of silence has been replaced with a cacophony that now worries some.

“I have said it before, and I believe it bears repeating, I would much rather put up with a reckless press than a monotonous, praise-singing one,”
  President Akufo-Addo said.

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He added: “I acknowledge that we are all still trying to keep pace with the changing technology, and work out how we deal with social media, and, dare I say it, the phenomenon of fake news. (I shall not say more on that, and leave it to those more knowledgeable on that subject).

“But I am a firm believer in a strong and vibrant media, and I have no doubt that it is a force for good, no matter how irritating and how irksome they can be and often are. They provide the avenue for the other point of view.”

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