The reconstituted Ghana Journalists Association met in the State House of Accra on Saturday (29 June).
GV EXTERIOR State House conference hall in Accra
SV Journalists arrive (2 shots)
LV INTERIOR Guests seated
SV Colonel Acheampong arrives
SV Guests seated (2 shots)
SV Chairman of the meeting, Colonel Tachie-Menson, speaks
SV Guests and members seated (2 shots)
SV President of the Association, Mr. Kwame Gyawu-Kyem, speaks
CU Acheampong listens
LV Guests and members seated
LV & CU Acheampong addresses meeting (3 shots)
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Background: The reconstituted Ghana Journalists Association met in the State House of Accra on Saturday (29 June).
Ghana's Head of State, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, addressed the one-day meeting with some hard words. He said that unless the Ghanaian press institutes immediate revolutionary and corrective measures for itself the public was not lily to take it seriously.
He went on to add that the public had not been happy with the country's standard of journalism. "Some journalists have criticised violently and others have viciously attacked Ghanaian and foreign Governments on very flimsy and unsupportable evidence," he said.
The Ghanaian leader chided a section of the press for slipshod articles and reporting, sensationalism, suppression of news and selective reporting.
But, in an editorial on the same day, the state-owned weekly 'Spectator' said: "Those government officers who sit comfortably on pieces of valuable news, only to turn round and complain about the lack of interesting stories in the papers, do a great disservice, not only to themselves, but to the nation at large."
SYNOPSIS: The State House in Accra, Ghana's capital, where -- on Saturday -- the inaugural meeting of the Journalists Association was held. Leading figures representing the press throughout the nation attended. The Association had been suspended for some years. This meeting marked its reconstitution.
Ghana's Head of State, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, also attended the meeting.
The audience, which included guests from outside the press field, heard a series of speeches.
The first was given by the meeting's Chairman and Commissioner for Information, Colonel Tachie-Manson, who underlined the importance of the Association's role.
The meeting was then addressed by the Association's President, Mr. Kwame Gyawu-Kyem. He said that this inaugural meeting marked a vital moment in the history of Ghana's press.
Colonel Acheampong then told the meeting that Ghana's journalists must improve their standards. He criticised them for slipshod work and sensationalism.