The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin today commissioned an ultramodern News Centre for Members of the Parliamentary Press Corps.
He cautioned the Parliamentary Reporters not to forget one of the cardinal rules of Journalism by cross-checking their facts before publication.
According to the Rt. Hon. Speaker, the New Standing Orders which is yet to be adopted by the House will allow reporters to attend all Committee Sittings, hence the need for the various media houses to be mindful and post experienced Reporters to Parliament.
The Deputy Minority Leader, Hon. James Klutse Avedzi and the Second Deputy Majority Whip, Hon. Habib Idrissu took turns to address the press Corps and also condemned the recent arrest of some Journalists.
They were of the view that Government, the Police Service, and the National Media Commission must ensure that the era of culture of silence is not brought back to put fear in the practice of journalism in the country.
In his welcome address, the Clerk to Parliament Mr. Cyril Kwabena Oteng Nisiah, tasked the Parliamentary Reporters to make good use of the equipment provided.
He added that resourcing the Press Centre is among the many plans the Parliamentary Service has put together to enhance the work of the reporters.
The Vice Dean of the Parliamentary Press Corps, Stephen Odoi-Larbi, thanked the Rt. Hon. Speaker for his enormous support to the Corps and assured the House that the Press will continue to provide well informed and educative reportage to the public about parliament.
he further assured the News Centre would be use for the purpose to enhance the work of members.