Stakeholders in Ghana’s media landscape have made inputs into a draft National Action Plan designed to tackle the growing issues of misinformation and disinformation.
The collaborative effort will ensure that the plan is not only comprehensive but also reflective of the diverse perspectives within the media landscape.
This comes on the back of a recent National Conference on Disinformation and Misinformation, where a 7-point communique was collectively agreed upon by political parties, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), media representatives and development partners.
The Minister for Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, who opened the ceremony in Accra on Thursday, emphasised the urgency of addressing the proliferation of false information in the media space.
He highlighted the exponential growth in media channels across the country and the need to put in measures to address the rising tide of misinformation and disinformation.
Mr Oppong Nkrumah stated, “With the advancement of media, now there’s a multiplicity of channels all over the country and we’re very proud of that. About 700 radio stations have authorisation to operate in the country, 100s of TV channels, last count was about 200 of them and 1000s of publications both online and print and then new media platforms.
“So, the question is where is the editor or editorial board? The risk, therefore, is that information that lacks integrity finds itself in the public domain and that’s what gives rise to mis/disinformation
He urged a collective commitment to addressing the challenges posed by misinformation and disinformation, emphasising the importance of the National Action Plan in safeguarding public trust and maintaining the integrity of information in Ghana’s evolving media environment.
The programme was organised by the Ministry of Information and featured participation from media umbrella bodies such as the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA), Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Private Newspapers and Online News Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG), and the National Media Commission (NMC).
Patience Anaadem, ISD