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Samini launches 3rd album.

By James Harry Obeng

 

REFERRED to as ‘The Dancehall Stopper’, Batman Samini, the 2006 Ghana Music Awards (GMA) Artiste of the Year recipient, is relishing taking the local music industry onto the international stage as he once more fires his artistry shot; “Gboie”.

 

The artiste, who won the MOBO Award for the Best African Act in 2006, has launched his third album in a fashion uncharacteristic of local music talents and which indeed underlines his mettle and versatility as a consummated hip-life genius.

 

The new album, titled ‘Dagaati’, is a 21-track masterpiece culminating from 28 months of studio work which, according to Samini, is not only envisioned to catapult the  local music industry onto the international scene, but also themed on ensuring a peaceful election, come December 7.

 

Featuring collaborations with international musicians, including Steel Plus from the UK, Eterna from Jamaica, Faze, Sway, Nameless and a production by UK-based sound engineer Ritchie Pitch, just to mention only but a few, the new album promises to give music-loving Ghanaians nothing less of the best.

 

 In a rich tapestry of R&B, hiplife, raga and reggae tunes, the album encompasses such tracks as “Yen sa” (let’s dance) featuring Kwaisy Pee, Agoro featuring Sway, Sweet Girls featuring Nameless, Movement, My kind of girl, Where my baby dey, and the title track Dagaati, which is currently receiving major airplay around the country, among many smasher tracks.

 

In an interview with the Spectator after a brief but impressive press launch at the Alisa Hotel in Accra last Wednesday, Samini said the concept behind the new album was to drive the masses to know and appreciate their roots.

 

“You should always remember your roots, where you are coming from to know where you are going”, he quipped.

 

He added that the album was also a wake-up call for Ghanaians, particularly “my own people in Northern Ghana”, to focus on ensuring a peaceful general elections, this year, rather than being exploited by some disgruntled politicians in perpetuating violence.

 

“Elections are never about disturbances, so let’s all focus on what will bring about peaceful elections”, he said, adding that “Ghana is all we have, we need to protect her”.

 

He however called on Ghanaians, especially the youth, to refrain from activities that have the potential to threaten the political equilibrium characterizing the country’s democratic dispensation and rather work to consolidate it.

 

Born Emmanuel Andrew Samini, at Dansoman in Accra, Batman Samini released his first album, ‘Dankwansere”, in 2004, having earlier featured on Kokoveli’s “Zaa-za” and K.K Fosu’s “Suudwe”.

 

With his distinctively pervasive style of registering his presence anywhere he finds himself done by shouting ‘Gboie’, Batman Samini was soon to become a household name as he cruised to stardom following  his second album, which he titled ‘Samini’, meaning ‘Rain god’ in his native Dagaati tongue.

 

He is currently the face of communication giant MTN, aside an enviable catalogue of domestic and international awards; MOBO Award for Best African Act (2006), Ghana Music Awards (GMA) Artiste of the Year (2006), Best African Artiste at Nigeria’s Hip Hop World Awards (2008).

 

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November 28, 2008 Posted by | News | Leave a comment

Poly Group of Co. outdoors Rambo

By James Harry Obeng

 

POLY GROUP of Companies, giants in the manufacturing of water tanks, has outdoored its biggest water tank.

 

The new product, Rambo 30,000 PolyTank, is a multi-purpose, super mega size water tank with the capacity to store 30, 000 litres of water, especially for industrial use.

 

At the launch of the product at Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra, last Tuesday, the Executive Director of Poly Group of Companies, Mr. Ashok Mohanani, said the company was committed to producing quality plastic water tanks and packaging products of international quality in a clean and safe environment.

 

He said operating in the country for the past 16 years, the company was using “innovation to create new products and offer strategic undertakings to create wealth for our customers, agents, workers and country”

 

Touching on the new product, Mr. Ashok said that the new Rambo PolyTank was the biggest plastic water tank ever produced in Africa, promising that the company would continue to maintain its position as the pace setters in water storage in Ghana land West Africa.

 

 “Today, we are pleased to announce that, Rambo 3,000 is the biggest plastic water tank ever produced in Africa”, he said, adding that the company would soon introduce new range of water tanks towards effective water conservation in the country.

 

“Until now, Poly Tank has been manufacturing up to 10, 000 litre tank only, but new sizes of 12,000, 15, 000, 20,000 and 25,000 will also be launched shortly,” he said.

 

Among the range of products produced by the company are, extensive range of water tanks, industrial containers, dry toilet systems, dust bins and promotional Kiosks for industries, private residences, government institutions and hotels.

 

In attendance at the launch included Richard Kingston, goalkeeper of the national senior soccer team, the Black Stars, Mr. Joel Hyde, Managing Director of Somotex Ghana Limited, Miss Mawuse Apea, Miss Ghana 2007, and Miss Huberta Quartey, second runner-up in the 2007 Miss Ghana Beauty Pageant.

 

November 28, 2008 Posted by | News | Leave a comment

Journalists graduate.

By James Harry Obeng

 

Prof. Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba, has urged the country to consciously pursue programmes and policies that emphasise youth development in her drive to achieve middle-income status. 

 

He said aside the provision of quality education that remained central in transforming the country, “the nation’s desire to attain the status of middle-income country cannot be achieved without equipping the youth with the necessary knowledge and skills”.

 

Prof. Asabere-Ameyaw made the observation at the 2nd Congregation of Jayee Institute in Accra, last Saturday.

 

The occasion, which also marked the 20th Anniversary ceremony of the school, witnessed the passing out of 213 graduands, made up of 198 diplomates and 15 degree students, with certificates in Business Education and Media Studies.

 

The Jayee Institute, established in 1987, is an accredited private tertiary institution affiliated to the University of Education, Winneba, which supervises the academic work of the institute and accordingly award certificates to graduating students.

 

The Institute currently runs two faculties, namely Business Administration and Media Studies, and six departments composed of journalism, Secretaryship and Management, Accounting, Public Relations and Advertising, Marketing and Human Resources Management.

 

Prof. Asabere-Ameyaw said the demands of today’s knowledge-driven economy required the country to build on quality education to generate innovation, sustain competitiveness and boost her economic growth.

 

He said it was imperative for government and the country’s universities, both public and private, to “plan for future capacity and meet expected demand for the nation’s educational needs”.

 

Mr. John Emmanuel Donkor, the Principal of the Institute, announced that the school would by the next academic year set up a language centre “to coordinate and oversee all the language activities of the institute.

 

“We have engaged experts from the University of Education, Winneba, to assist us to repackage our English and French courses in terms of content and teaching for our graduates to really have command of the two extremely important languages of our time”, he said.

 

He launched a passionate appeal, codenamed GetFund For All, to government and managers of the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GetFund), to extend the fund to private tertiary institutions in the country.

 

Mr. Donkor said manpower development has direct influence on the positive growth of every nation “and since private tertiary institutions play a significant role in the manpower development of the nation, the GetFund should be extended to private tertiary schools”. 

 

Other speakers, including Prof Jophus Anamoah Mensah and Prof Naana Opoku Agyeman, the immediate past and current Vice Chancellors of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), respectively, urged the granduands to contribute their quota towards national development by making good use of the knowledge they have acquired from the school.

November 28, 2008 Posted by | News | Leave a comment

Musama pastor in hot waters.

By James Harry Obeng and Daniel Amparbeng

 

When Emmanuel Larkotey Lartey, a pastor of the Musama Disco Christo Church (MDCC) at Glefe, a suburb of Accra, arrogated unto himself quasi-medical duties, little did he anticipate that his deeds would leave an innocent eight-month old baby with a medical condition which could only be rectified via medical surgery.

 

By the actions of the 56-year old man-of-God, the eight-month old baby now has a dual urinary passage created in his penis which makes him suffer severe pains when urinating.

 

The facts of the case as narrated to the ‘Spectator’ here on Wednesday by the Head of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) of Dansoman Divisional Police Command, Inspector Salomey Boateng, are that on November 25, Ernest Atakorah and Joyce Antwi, who are parents of the baby and who stay at Glefe made a report to the police that a Pastor had circumcised their baby boy resulting in some health complications.  This has made it difficult for the child to urinate.

 

According to Inspector Boateng , Joyce Antwi, a native of Effiduase in the Sekyere East District of Ashanti, told the police that she was introduced to Pastor Lartey by a friend as one who could assist her (Joyce Antwi) to take seed after years of fruitless attempts to conceive.

 

Joyce, upon going for periodic prayer sessions with the pastor, got pregnant but not without another prophecy from the pastor – that she (Joyce) should deliver her baby in the presence of Lartey when in labor.

 

This, Inspector Boateng said, was heeded to by Joyce who, on realizing that she was about to deliver, rushed to pastor Lartey’s house in fulfilment of the prophecy.

 

But after a successful delivery luck eluded pastor Lartey when he attempted to circumcise the baby. The baby then started passing urine profusely resulting in the medical condition that doctors at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital say would require medical surgery to rectify.

 

According to Inspector Boateng, a team of policemen was however dispatched from the Dansoman Divisional Command to effect the arrest of Lartey whom they (the policemen) met fully drunk.

 

In his dealings with Joyce, Inspector Boateng said, Lartey charged her an amount of GH ¢90; GH¢60 which was used to purchase holy water and olive oil to necessitate the safe delivery of the baby.  The remaining GH¢30 was used as a fee for the circumcision of the boy.

 

Inspector Boateng added that the police was in the process of processing the documents of Lartey, who is currently in the custody of the Dansoman police to face criminal prosecution very soon.

 

 

 

November 28, 2008 Posted by | News | Leave a comment

Body cream or agents of death

Anchored by James Harry Obeng

The craze for creams and medicines to enhance bodily parts such as the breasts and buttocks something usually associated with Hollywood stars who thrive on beauty to market themselves in the competitive movie industry, has finally landed on the shores of Ghana.

Currently on the market are breasts and buttocks enhancing creams which are highly patronised by women because they are not pleased with their nature’s endowments, for which reason they strive to improve upon what God has offered them.

Whereas most of these products bear no contact details of their manufacturers to ensure traceability and verifiability they also make startling claims in attempts to boost their sales.

Some of these claims include promising users tight and firm breasts and buttocks, aside enlarging them. They also claim that these products tighten the apparent tones and contours of the breasts.

Information on one of the breast products, named Dove Breast Enlarging Cream, reads: Visible tone and texture of the skin and improve the firm feel of the supporting skin of the breast and the skin from the breast to the chin, which is important for a proper shape”.

But against the proliferation of such products on the market comes strong warnings to users from the Food and Drugs Board (FDB) and other health professionals.

Mr P. K. Agyeman-Duah, Head of Drug Inspectorate of the Food and Drugs Board (FDB) told The Spectator that creams and soaps supposedly meant for breast and hip enlargement are all fake and have no scientific proof of providing what has been labelled on the packets.

He said the so called breast and hip enlargement products are smuggled through unapproved routes and are not registered products of the FDB.

Mr Agyeman-Duah said the breast and hip enlargement products are only to play on the ignorance of women who are in desperate need of enhancing the size of the breast and vital body outlooks.

He said a test at the FDB ultra-modern and state of the art laboratory has proven that there was nothing found to tally with the ingredients on the packaging.

Mr Agyeman-Duah said most of these fake products did not have labels that indicate the name of the manufacturer, country of origin, full address and the English language as required to enable the user of the product read and understand.

Mr Agyeman-Duah warned consumers to be wary of drugs being peddled on the market saying “before you buy any medicine or drugs, make sure you are buying it from a accredited shop so that in case of any side effect it is easy to trace the problem and solve it”.

He said all accredited drugs both orthodox and herbal should carryon their packaging and FDB code which consumers must always look out for before buying them.

“With this, one can quickly call the FDB to ascertain the efficacy of the product or otherwise,” said Mr Agyeman-Duah.

He explained that the FDB was considering plans to publish the names of shops that are found to have sold fake or counterfeit products on the market.

According to him, the law means that nobody has the right to sell any such product unless it has been registered with the FDB.

A breast cancer specialist, Dr Beatrice Wiafe-Addai, also adds her voice to the development, saying women who have been using cosmetic creams to enhance their breasts are only inviting trouble for themselves.

Dr Wiafe-Addai, who is the president of the Breast Care International, a non-governmental organisation, and chief executive of Peace and Love Hospital in Kumasi, said the chemical contents of such creams were not known and they could be dangerous to users.

She explained that cancer is an uncontrolled growth of tissue, so if the chemicals in the cream were dangerous and got into the tissues through the pores, they could cause the cells to grow abnormally which could lead to breast cancer.

The breast specialist wondered why most Ghanaian females, especially the youth, take so much “interest in enhancing their breasts just to please men, most of whom do not fancy that anyway. In her words of admonition: “It is a dangerous practice.”

She contended that women in show-business in the developed countries often resorted to breast enhancement which was mostly done by surgery, but even that had its own related problems.

Dr Wiafe-Addai urged the radio stations to stop the advertisements of such creams due to the fact that the chemical contents are still not known.

Mrs Ellen Sam, a pharmacist at the Police Hospital in Accra, said breast, buttocks and male organ enlargement by the use of creams could not be trusted to be purely herbal with no side effects as the manufacturers claim.

“In the first place these products have no specific addresses except websites. These websites are also fake, as most of the time they cannot be accessed,” she said, adding, “In fact, our major concern is that breast shape and size are largely determined by genetics. Even members of the same family have different sizes and shapes.”

‘What exactly do these creams and injectables do to the breast, buttocks or penis or body as a whole? Are they just causing retention of fluids in the breast or affecting the breast tissue or do they stimulate hormones in the body to affect the breast size? In any case all these can have very serious adverse effects on the health of users,” she said.

Mrs Sam, who is a Chief Superintendent of Police, advised the general public to consider that these products could interact with other medical conditions or with other drugs the users may be taking, be they prescription or over-the-counter drugs, and precipitate hazardous reactions with fatal consequences.

She said people should be very careful and do well to consult their medical doctors or physicians before they go in for any such products. “We would not encourage people to patronise these products at all. The claim that such products have no side effects could be that they have delayed side-effects which may show up in some five to 10 years time.”

According to Mrs Sam, the after-effects could be breast cancer or cardiovascular diseases. She noted with concern that because such drugs often had steroids in them, users stand very high risk of developing blood pressure, peptic ulcer or demineralization the bones (osteoporosis) and all these conditions are very serious medical conditions which victims may suffer later in life, the causes of which they cannot remember.

“Be careful, do not let these purely marketing claims used to make money by the manufacturers convince you into using them”, she said.

Dr Alex N.O. Dodoo, acting Director and Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Tropical Clinical Pharmacol and Therapeuti, University of Ghana Medical School, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital said “any product which proclaims to enhance your God-given ‘assets’ should not be trusted. When tested, they will do it for short time and with intolerable and unacceptable adverse effects. At worst they will take your money and do you harm. If you live healthy lifestyle, eat well, exercise, drink only moderately and accept the normal ageing process, you should be able to perform perfectly as befits your age, gender and health.”

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Food and Drugs Board (FDB), Mr James Lartey, said the Dove Breast Enlargement Cream and Hip-up Cream (for buttocks) are not registered products with the FDB.

He said they have not been tested, approved and given authority for them to be marketed in Ghana.
The FDB thereto urged the public not to patronise such products, since their safety cannot be guaranteed.

Mr. Lartey referred to section 8 (i) of the Food and Drugs Law (PNDC Law 305 (b) which provides that: “No person shall manufacture, prepare, sell, supply, export or import into Ghana any drug, cosmetic, medical device, or chemical substance unless the article has been registered with the Food and Drugs Board.

November 7, 2008 Posted by | News | 2 Comments

Concern for child trafficking

By James Harry Obeng

 

THE Department of Children of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MWCA) will by early next year commence the second phase of its sensitisation programme, dubbed the Training of Trainers’ Workshop on Child Protection in Conflict Situations.

 

This follows the completion of the first phase of the programme which is sponsored by the United Nations Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF) to, a among other issues, build the capacity of child-related stakeholders on child protection issues in conflict situations.

 

The first phase covered five regions, namely the Upper East, Upper west, Northern, Volta and the Greater Accra regions.

 

Mr Clarke Noyoru, the Project Officer of the Department of Children, told the ‘Spectator’ in an interview shortly after a similar workshop at Manya Jorpanya to round off the first phase on Monday, adding that the second phase would cover the remaining regions of the country – Eastern, Western, Central, Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions.

 

He noted the country was progressively making giant strides towards the elimination of human trafficking, and said the country currently rated as a tier-2 country among countries that have adopted the Protocol on Elimination of Human Trafficking, also known as the Palermo Protocol.

 

“Tier- 2 countries are signatory nations of the Palermo Protocol which, aside adopting the protocol, have passed national legislation in addressing human trafficking”, he explained.

 

Mr Noyoru said it was as a result of the adoption of the Palermo Protocol that the country passed the Human Trafficking Act (Act 694) in 2006 to address incidence of human trafficking domestically.

 

He urged Ghanaians to assist the department in its work to help the country “to join the tier – 3 category of countries, which are countries that have gone a step further in prosecuting trafficking offenders”.

 

The workshop at Manya Jorpanya assembled participants from communities in the Dangbe West district, including Agomeda, Kodiabe and Doryumu, to interact with personnel from the department of children on addressing issues of child welfare in the community.

 

At the end, a nine-member Zonal Community Child Protection Committee (CCPC) was inaugurated by the deputy Minister of Women and Children Affairs, Daniel Dugan, under the chairmanship of Nene Teidjahene Korabo (IV), the Asafoatse of Shai and Divisional Chief of Manya, and deputized by Nana Ayeko Blemanyoe, the queenmother of Manya Jorpanya.

 

Among the responsibilities of the committee are to advocate on the rights and welfare of children in the community, as well as provide counselling and psycho-social support to parents and children in the community.

 

It will also serve as a watchdog body in protecting children in the community from violence, abuse and exploitation as it investigates such abuses and link up with appropriate agencies, particularly the police and the department of children, towards addressing them.

 

For her part Nana Blemanyoe, pledged the commitment of the committee to perform the responsibilities tasked them.

 

She appealed to the Ghanaians to pay particular attention to the education of their children, saying “they are the future leaders of our country.”

 

 

November 7, 2008 Posted by | News | Leave a comment

Nana Addo did not usurp Prez powers – NPP

By James Harry Obeng

 

THE New Patriotic Party (NPP) has reacted to the charge of the National Democratic (NDC) Congress that Nana Akufo-Addo, its presidential candidate acted like president when he spoke on the global financial crisis recently.

 

Mr Peter Mac Manu, the NPP national chairman said this in a statement in reaction to NDC’s charge that Nana Akufo-Addo, the NPP presidential candidate was usurping the powers of the President by addressing a recent news conference.

 

Mr Manu said every citizen had the right to comment on any issue.

 

He said Nana Akufo-Addo did not claim to be speaking for the government.

 

“Indeed he is not even a member of government. He was speaking as a presidential candidate who, God and the people of Ghana willing, will be the next President”.

 

Mr Manu said Nana Akufo-Addo was addressing one of the most serious issues of the time, saying his presentation was serious.

 

He said if Professor Mills or any other candidate has any ideas on the crisis, he should speak up or else keep quite.

 

Mr Manu said the idea that Nana Akufo-Addo should wait to be elected president before speaking up showed old thinking.

 

He said over the last three decades Nana Akufo-Addo had repeatedly stood up to be counted, even when it was dangerous to do so.

 

The NPP national chairman said “those who choose to keep their opinions to themselves must not condemn, those who are performing the important task of engaging the public and stakeholders in the important task of engaging the public and stakeholders in important issues of the day.

 

He said in the United States in the best traditions of public service, senators McCain and Obama have both addressed the global financial crisis repeatedly even though neither of them is president yet.

 

Mr Manu said candidates addressing serious issues facing the country is the wave of future politics and Ghana should commended Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP for leading the way forward.

 

“Instead of condemning Nana Akufo-Addo, let the NDC join the debate and Ghana will be better for it. It is better late than never”.

 

Mr Manu asked the NDC to conduct clean campaign to ensure a successful poll this year.

 

This, he said, was because “Ghanaians want a campaign that will address the important issues in their lives rather than insults and lies”.

 

Mr Manu said that a document being circulated by the NDC that the NPP was planning to rig this year’s election with the collaboration of the Electoral Commission (EC) was baseless.

 

“The allegation that we plan to rig the election is part of the NDC’s grand plan to discredit the EC and our electoral process ahead of the election so that when they lose and we win, they can contest the results,” he said.

 

 

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DFP launches manifesto

By James Harry Obeng

 

THE Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) will tomorrow, October 19, launch its manifesto and outdoor the running mate of the Presidential nominee, Mr. Emmanuel Ansah-Antwi.

 

A press release dated October 16, and signed by the General Secretary, Bede A. Zredeng, indicated that the event, which come off at the party’s National Secretariat at North Kaneshie in Accra, will be of signifance to the party as it gears up to wrestle political power in the December general elections.

 

“The launch of the DFP manifesto and the outdooring of the vice presidential candidate becomes a significant event in that it is the only party to have completed all processes prescribed by the Electoral Commission (EC) for filing of nomination papers for the presidential and parliamentary elections before launching its manifesto”, it sated.

 

The manifesto, according to the release, highlights the broader vision of the DFP for the political, economic and socio-cultural development of the country under the theme “ Restoring National Hope and Confidence.”

 

It also said “the launch also mark the beginning of the final lap of the party’s campaign towards the forthcoming elections.”

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Child Trafficking…. all hands on deck

By James Harry Obeng

 

MR. Peter Akyea, the Greater Accra Regional Director of the Department of Children (DOC), has expressed grave concern about the spate at which child trafficking was becoming widespread in the country.

 

He said though the country have passed the Human Trafficking Law (Act 694) to handle cases relating to trafficking offences, available information indicate that the country serves as a sending, receiving and transit point.

 

He has therefore urged Ghanaians to place premium on securing a brighter future for the country by assisting and co-operating with appropriate agencies, especially the DOC and the police, to knock out child trafficking from the country “because these children who are being kidnapped into all sorts of unimaginable activities are the future leaders of the country”.

  

Mr Akyea expressed the concern at a workshop to outdoor Ghana’s Plus ‘5’ Report which gives account for government and civil society organisations’ actions, commitment and constraints in contributing to a World Fit for Children (WFFC) in Accra last Friday.

 

The workshop, organised by the DOC of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MOWAC), brought together stakeholder bodies in child protection issues and the media in the Greater Accra Region, to preview the report, prior to its official launch by the end of the year.

 

Mr Akyea said the DOC was engaged in series of sensitisation programmes to conscientise the public about the evils of trafficking in society towards eliminating the unfortunate phenomenon from the country.

 

Presenting an overview of the report, Mr. Sylvester Kyei–Gyamfi of the Information Research and Advocacy Division (IRAD) of the DOC, said that “there is evidence of children involved in commercial sex work in the country”, a development he attributed to “lack of parental support, broken marriages, parental irresponsibility, peer pressure and child delinquency”.

 

He noted that the increase in the number of internet cafes, sophisticated mobile phones and other audio visual gadgets like the VCD, VHS, and DVD, have also led to children accessing pornography in the country and urged the public to assist the department to clamp down on such developments in the country.

 

He however paid glowing tribute to the media in raising public awareness of issues child welfare in the country through its coverage on child–focused programmes organised by the department.  

 

 

 

In attendance at the workshop were representatives of  the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), the Department of Social Welfare, Department of Community Development, Department of Women, AGREDS, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), National Population Council, Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVSU) of the Ghana Police Service, World of Hope International, and Curious Minds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

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Social Welfare admonishes journalists

By James Harry Obeng

 

THE Department of Social Welfare has asked journalists and media organisations to “always consider the best interest of the child” when reporting on children issues.

 

Mr Iddris Abdallah, United Nations Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF) Consultant on Child Protection who made the appeal said the best interests of children should be protected over any other considerations.

 

He said journalistic activities that touched on the lives and welfare of children should be carried out with the appreciation of the vulnerability of children, Mr Abdallah said “journalists must be fully aware of the need to protect children and enhance their rights without damaging freedom of expression or interfering with the fabric of journalistic independence”.

 

He was interacting with journalists at a Media Training Workshop organised by Department of Social Welfare in collaboration with OrphanAid African  a child-centered issues in Accra.

 

He said in determining what constituted the best interests of children, journalists were to take particular notice of the child’s right to have his views taken into account “in accordance with the child’s age and maturity”.

 

Mr Abdallah was particularly concerned about reporting on children who, for no fault of theirs, have become or were once victims of circumstances, including children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, current and former child combatants, victims of sexual abuse or exploitation, perpetrators of physical or sexual abuse, among many others.

 

He said reporting those details would lead the public to identify such children often engendered stigmatisation and reprisals against them, causing some to suffer fatal consequences.

 

 “Avoid categorizations or descriptions that expose a child to negative reprisals, including additional or psychological harm, or lifelong abuse, discrimination or rejection by their communities”, he said.

 

Mr. Iddris, however, urged journalists to maintain the highest ethical and professional standards required to achieve excellence in terms of accuracy and sensitivity when reporting on issues involving children.

 

For her part, Mrs. Margaret Kutsoati, the director of the Department of Social Welfare, noted that it was becoming a common ritual to find advertisements in the media, especially on television, that use children or other pro – children effects to sell alcoholic beverages.

 

She said “in using children or cartoons to advertise alcoholic beverages, you are only telling them to experiment with such beverages which are not good for them”.

 

Mrs Kutsoati therefore called for collaboration between media owners and the Department of Social Welfare to halt exposing children to alcoholism via advertisements.

 

 

 

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