Speaker urges journalists to be professional with reportage
Speaker of Parliament, Rt.Hon.Prof.Aaron Mike Oquaye has urged journalists to exercise professionalism and objectivity in their reportage in order to serve the nation better.
The Speaker made the pronouncement when he sworn-in newly elected executives of the Parliamentary Press Corps at a ceremony in Accra.
He said; “I will be glad if your reportage will be so professional and that you will be looking for the truth and nothing but the truth.
If it is true don’t fear anybody, nevertheless a journalist out of self-respect for himself or herself be mindful of the truth and I will be very glad if you make this your watchdog.”
The Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu also advised journalists to be objective and also seek to upgrade themselves in their profession.
He also urged the leadership of Parliament to consider sponsoring some members of the Parliamentary Press Corp as far as advancing their academic life is concern.
On his part the Deputy Minority Leader, James Klutse Avedzie, also encouraged journalists to engage in accurate reporting for their own integrity and the “people you are reporting for”.
The outgoing Dean, Edwin Arthur appealed to the leadership of Parliament to help the Press Corp surmount some of its challenges including internet facilities, scholarship schemes and an enabling environment to help them work effectively.
The newly elected Dean, Nana Binkorang also appealed to the leadership of Parliament to help furnish the newly allocated office of the Press Corp with computers, fans, chairs among others. He also indicated that during his tenure, he will institute the Parliamentary Reporting awards for the Press Corp and also petitioned leadership to help rectify transportation of members through the auctioning process.
The Parliamentary Press Corp has been in existence since 1992, during the first Parliament of the fourth Republic.
They are an association established to act as a mouthpiece for the legislature, with correspondents from various media houses across the country who report on proceedings from Parliament.