The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has charged Journalists and media houses to be circumspect in their reportages on the seemly rival fracas between the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and the Dormahene, Osaagyefo Agyemang Badu II.
A press statement issued on Wednesday, January 20, and signed by the GJA President, Mr. Affail Monney, asked the media to ensure their reports on the matter do not needlessly hype the matter to degenerate to conflict.
“It is needless to state that the hyper–sensitive issue involving the two prominent chiefs can degenerate into a conflict of unthinkable proportions, if it is not handled with the highest degree of circumspection, especially by the media,” the statement added.
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The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) is urging extreme caution over the media coverage of the simmering conflict between His Royal Majesty Otumfuor Osei Tutu 11, Asantehene and Dormaahene , Osagyefo Agyeman Badu 11.
It is needless to state that the hyper–sensitive issue involving the two prominent chiefs can degenerate into a conflict of unthinkable proportions, if it is not handled with the highest degree of circumspection, especially by the media.
The sensational tilt and explosive angles which have characteristized the coverage of the verbal exchanges should, therefore, give way to conflict-sensitive reporting which will allow tempers to cool down and the issue to be contained or resolved in the long run.
The GJA particularly wants traditional media editors and social media activists to filter any pronouncements from the two chiefs through a very tight weave of journalistic responsibility and gatekeeping. In other words, they should think through the consequences or weigh fully the implications of anything they put out on the matter. This is to ensure that the public is fed with ethically wholesome and culturally edifying information which will not escalate the tension nor compromise the peace and security in the two traditional areas and by extension the entire nation.
Finally, the media must be part of the solution and not part of a chieftaincy clash of staggering magnitude.
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