The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has called for a concerted effort to eliminate fake news from the Ghanaian media landscape and the fabric of society.
He said it was great that people no longer had to wait till the following morning to find out what happened the previous day, thanks to technology.
However, the same technology, he indicated, was being used to promote the phenomenon of people manufacturing falsehood and fake stories, which easily passed as news.
“It is not only alarming but also poses a serious threat and danger to the very fabric of society. We must all make a concerted effort to eliminate this phenomenon from our media space,” he stressed.
President Akufo-Addo made the call in a keynote address at a ball organised last Saturday at the plush Labadi Beach Hotel as part of activities climaxing the 70th anniversary of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL).
Night of celebration
The event was a night of celebration, as it attracted as many people as possible who had played pivotal roles in the company, including all living former managing directors, editors and staff of the company, as well as clients and contributors, to reminisce over the 70-year journey.
It was also used to celebrate many forebears for their role in helping keep Graphic as the industry leader.
Graphic’s charge to keep
As difficult as the task of helping keep fake news out might be, the President implored the Daily Graphic, which has survived 70 years with excellent journalism, and its sister brands to lead the charge to cure the growing canker.
He said the Graphic brand owed it to its credibility to lead that charge, as attempts had been made to post false stories on websites set up deliberately to look like the official Graphic website.
“I hope that Graphic will resist the temptation to join in the rush to be first in the news and end up giving credence to false and malicious stories. If you go down that road, future generations will not ask: ‘is it in the Graphic?’, a sign of authenticity, or say ‘I read it in the Graphic’ as the final words of all conversations and an end to all arguments.
“This is a hard-won reputation and it is useful for our own country that we have a reference point that we can trust,” he emphasized.