Eric Kwakye-Darfuor, the Eastern Regional Minister, has urged journalists to be advocates of truths and facts that will drive the development of Ghana.
He said that the media must be cautious in reporting about sensitive national issues even though government could not do without the media, because it occupied the relevant position in national development.
The Minister said incorrect reportage on national issues was deterrent to government and nation building, made the remarks at RCC, in Koforidua.
He mentioned the Fulani threat and the illegal mining activities are some of the sensitive national issues that the media were not reporting exactly and stimulating the media to do proper investigation of issues before publishing.
The Regional Minister, emphasizing his points indicated that, some international media had reported against him that he owed cows in the Afram Plains area, hence, his inability to fight the Fulani menace that had led to protractions between the people and the Fulani’s.
On the issue of the Fulani menace, the press published news without investigating history behind the cattle rearing in Ghana.
According to the Minister, it was irresponsible for a journalist to sit in his office and publish untruth and stressed that “I want to put on record that I am a strict vegetarian and have never considered cattle rearing as part of my businesses and do not even have a chicken in my house”.
Mr Parry Okudzeto, a deputy minister of information, said government recognized the role of the media in realizing all its policies and programmes and urged the media to educate the public on the policies.
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