Journalists invited to favor professional ethics

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The Registrar of the University of Professional Studies in Accra (UPSA), Dr. Koryoe Anim-Wright, has urged journalists to place great importance on the ethics that guide the profession.

That, she said, was to deal with the rise of fake news and close the gap in adequate supply.

Journalistic ethics are the common values ​​that guide reporters. They set out both the aspirations and the obligations that journalists, editors and others working in the field must meet to carry out their work responsibly.

Dr. Anim-Wright was speaking at the University’s Faculty of Information and Communications Technology Lecture Series on “Ethics in News Reporting – The Age of Post -truth” in Accra on Wednesday.

She said the “world’s fake news revolution” was affecting people and their behavior, which was why journalists needed to up their game to stop the threat.

“We need to get back to basics where we listen to each other, engage with each other, agree to disagree in a way that respects each other’s point of view,” she added.

The UPSA Registrar pointed out that verification was not difficult but that people still shared the information they had without verifying its source.

“We take things without critically checking them and that’s the society we find ourselves in right now and we have to get back to basics.”

“We are driven and manipulated by social media organizations. We need to step back and whatever we receive, refuse to send it until we verify and refuse to create this propaganda there,” she added.

The Managing Director (CEO), Media General, Ms Beatrice Agyeman Abbey, reiterated the need for media professionals to adhere to the principles of the professions to accelerate efforts to build a society that thrives on truth.

She stressed that she was not in favor of opinion reports from practitioners because theirs was to report facts, adding that “you have to be factual, investigate, check and cross-check your facts”.

Ms Abbey said the country was not ‘immune to the post-truth era’ and advised practitioners and media organizations to engage experts in certain fields in their interactions to get the right information across. transmitted to the public.

“There is a concern for what we broadcast, so we need to hire experts to share their knowledge with us and not pose as know-it-alls,” she added.

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