The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, has criticised the Ghanaian media for often failing to say they are wrong when they indeed get things wrong.
He said that in the haste of the media to break stories, they sometimes publish unverified claims, and when there is ample evidence that they have erred, they often fail to openly admit that they have erred.
“In such cases, even after the public has been misinformed, and the true facts are later made known, the media often chickens out of an honest open acknowledgement that ” we erred”. The response is often to refuse to apologise or sweep it under the carpet, and move on to the next big story, “he noted.
He urged the media to have the humility to apologise when they err given that they are fallible like every other human being.
President Akufo-Addo made these assertions Monday, 9th September, 2019, in a speech at the 2019 Bar Conference of the Ghana Bar Association, in Takoradi in the Western Region.
However, he acknowledged the enormous power and responsibility of the media and urged it to not “sacrifice integrity and the future of society for today’s headline or breaking news.”