Alban Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament of Ghana, has urged for an urgent amendment of the law to improve the National Media Commission’s (NMC) operations.
According to the Speaker, Parliament will focus on the NMC’s activities in order for it to function successfully as the country’s regulator of journalism practice.
Mr. Bagbin, speaking during the inauguration of the Media Centre in Parliament on Friday, February 18, 2022, stated that journalists make mistakes in their reporting when attempting to be the first to break the news, and that the NMC’s job is to make sure that this happens as little as possible.
“As journalists, we frequently make mistakes in our efforts to spread information as quickly as possible in order to meet deadlines. Information does not always turn out to be completely accurate. You wind up making certain false statements, sometimes putting others’ integrity and reputation in jeopardy.”
“The media’s legal space and legal system anticipated this and prescribed a way out.” That is why we have the National Media Commission (NMC), and the NMC will be the center of Parliament’s attention. For the NMC to be effective, we need to modify the law as soon as possible.”
The Speaker also chastised politicians for attempting to regulate the practice of journalism in Ghana rather than allowing the rule of law to operate.
“As a lawyer, I was required to take multiple media houses to court using the rule of law, not the rule of man, in the early days of my practice and also in my political life,” he stated.
“I dare suggest that any politician posing as a standard-bearer of ethical and professional journalism or a regulator of media practice in this nation is not just a pretender but also a megalomaniac,” the Speaker said.