Executive Director of Media Foundation for West Africa, Sulemana Braimah has expressed worry over the increasing act of censorship of the media by the state and state institutions. He noted that, it has become dangerous to practice the kind of journalism the constitution empower journalists to do in the country.
He said Journalism that provides accountability and foster transparency as well exposing corruption has become a “no go” area for journalist in Ghana. Mr. Sulemana Braimah revealed that, the media has become vulnerable to the state due to financial challenges and sustainability.
“You’ve been following how a journalist from citi TV and citi fm by national security operatives. These acts have created an atmosphere of legitimate fear among journalists and the result has been an increasing act of censorship it is certainly becoming dangerous to do the kind of journalism that the constitution wants us to do, the kind of journalism that provides accountability and foster transparency and exposing corruption”.
Mr. Sulemana Braimah who was speaking at the University for Development’s communication students’ week celebration indicated that, the media has become vulnerable to the state due to what he described as “state and cooperate capture”.
He said media owners are being threatened of business by state institutions and agencies just to toe their line. This is he said is due to financial constraints and sustainability.
“There is also the issue of what I call state and cooperate capture of our media. Because of financial challenges and sustainability, the media in our country have become vulnerable to our state, as you know almost all our media houses depend on advertising to survive, and if you are a media house and your advertising come from the state, ministries, departments and egencies, I wonder how you will be able to stand threats of withdrawal of advertisement in other to go contrary to them. So if you want to survive what you need to do is to adhere to those threats and say ok I wouldn’t continue”.
He also bemoaned the political ownership or affiliation of media houses to the easy manipulation of the media.
He expressed disappointment in Ghana’s leadership for prioritizing their personal interest over the needs of citizens. He Ghanaians continue to suffer while leadership continues to create avenues to enrich themselves.
Source: ghdailynewsupdate.com/Jonas Biawurbi