Elmina (C/R), Aug. 31, GNA – Mr Charles Yao Mawuse, Executive Director, Transmedia Network, has called on media professionals to hold duty bearers accountable to the people.
He said at this stage of Ghana’s development efforts, as a middle income country, coupled with oil revenue and different sources of income flowing in, it is very important for journalists in this country to try as much as possible to play their watch dog role effectively.
“We can only play this role effectively if we try as much as possible to hold duty bearers and officialdom accountable; that is the only way we can protect the public purse. And that is the only way we can protect and defend the scarce resources that we need to develop this country,” Mr Mawuse stated in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on the side-line of a two-day workshop for media professionals in Elmina in the Central Region.
The workshop was organised by the SNV, to help build the capacity of journalists in their reportage and also educate them on the V4CP project.
He said the media being the fourth estate of the state, had the critical role to investigate, interrogate and ensure that the public officer's stay within the framework of the law.
“If we lose this particular position, who then defends the poor and the vulnerable people?” the Executive Director quizzed.
“So my call to all journalists in the country is to make sure that we defend the responsibility of the profession, which ask as to defend the public purse and to protect the state resources.”
He said journalists would perform their watchdog role effectively, if only they were committed to asking the relevant questions.
“If we are committed to taking politicians on and those who control our resources. If we are determined to take them on that is the only way we can avoid the looting and stealing of state resources,” he said.
On the threat of social media and citizen journalism to the journalism profession, Mr Mawuse urged professional journalists to be up and doing; declaring that “journalists must sit up, if we really want this country to develop”.
The V4CP is an evidence-based advocacy programme being implemented by SNV, in partnership with the International Food and Policy Research Institute and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It seeks to strengthen CSOs in Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Honduras and Indonesia in their role as advocates and lobbyists
The Dutch Ministry is funding the programme from 2016 to 2020, as part of its worldwide efforts to reinforce space for CSOs worldwide.GNA