She made this appeal during the 10th-anniversary celebration of Sungmaale FM, a Wa-based Islamic Community Radio, themed “Impact of Media to Sociopolitical and Cultural Development in our Community.”
Addressing the role of the media in societal development, Madam Mogtari urged journalists to utilize their influential platform to create forums for public discussions on critical national issues and influence public opinion.
She emphasized the media's power in shaping public sentiments and opinion and called for increased efforts in promoting transparency and fairness in the upcoming 2024 elections.
Madam Mogtari stated, “Political corruption is one of the key things that militate against our policy and pro-poor initiatives. It is, therefore, the responsibility of our media and especially those in power to hold each other accountable and expose corrupt practices as we go along.”
Expressing concern about declining press freedom indexes in Ghana, she underscored the importance of constitutional provisions like freedom of expression and media freedom.
Despite recent challenges, Madam Mogtari commended Sungmaale FM for its contribution to cultural and social development and for shaping public opinion on important issues.
She urged the media to play a pivotal role in informing and educating the public about the proposed policy and its potential benefits.
Alhaji Rashid Mahmoud, a Board member of Sungmaale FM, acknowledged the impact the radio station has had on the community over the past decade.
Mr. Ubeidu Siddique, the Upper West Regional Director of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), emphasized the media's role in educating the public on national and community matters.