Book assessing media development in Ghana launched

– A book titled “Assessment

of Media Development in Ghana”, which assesses the state of media on
diversified issues in Ghana based on the Media Development Indicators (MDI)
developed by UNESCO, has been launched in Accra.

The 66-page book prepared by Centre for
Development Communication (CedCom), is structured in accordance with the five
major categories of indicators defined in the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) MDI publication.

Mr Ibrahim Gariba, the Communications Director
of CedCom speaking at the launch of the book at the Ghana Institute of
Journalism (GIJ) in Accra, said the book spells out: System of Regulation
Conducive to Freedom of Expression, Plurality and Diversity of Media, a Level
Economic Playing Field and Transparency of Ownership, Media as a platform for
Democratic Discourse.

Others, he said, were: Professional Capacity
Building and Supporting Institutions that Underpin Freedom of Expression and
Infrastructural Capacity is Sufficient to Support Independent and Pluralistic

He said these categories had been discussed
extensively to address and shape issues confronting the media. 

Mr Gariba said the organisation would
distribute 3,000 copies to universities training students in Communication

Mr Carl Ampah, the UNESCO Representative, said
these indicators had the potential to serve as a catalyst and justification for
UNESCO’s agenda in its media development efforts.

He said “Media development indicator was a
framework for assessing media development in Ghana and the media’s contribution
to creating and sustaining of a functioning democracy.

“Free, independent and pluralistic media
empower citizens with information that enable them make informed choices and
actively participate in democratic processes” he explained.

He said the indicators through a holistic
strategy looks at all aspects of the media and had gained some recognition
among UN agencies, developmental partners, civil societies and some countries.

He cited Brazil, Mauritania, Mozambique and
Tunisia among some of the countries that have successfully launched and
completed studies on the MDIs.

He commended Ghana and lauded her efforts to
follow suit in the launching of the MDIs and believed that it would improve
fields of communication in good governance.

Mr Zakaria Tanko Musah, the Head of Department
of Print Journalism of GIJ, in a goodwill message advised all journalists to be
mindful of the ethics and practice in a responsible and knowledge based
atmosphere to raise the image of the profession.

He admonished media organisations to go beyond
the Ghana Journalists Association code of ethics and institute an internal code
of ethics to check behaviour and conduct of Journalists.

Mr Tim Quashigah, a Senior Lecturer at GIJ,
who chaired the event, said he would recommend the book as a training manual to
train the students to become professionals in the field of journalism.


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