Former Deputy Communication Director of the Pilgrim Affairs Office of Ghana, Mohammed Amin Lamptey, has tasked Ghanaian journalists to be circumspect about the nagative reportage on Hajj operations in Ghana.
According to him, nagative news about Hajj would create unnecessary tension and disrupt the operations of the Hajj Board.
Mr. Amin Lamptey made the assertion at a day seminar on Hajj reporting,
organised by Hussfati Media Consult in collaboration with the Ghana Hajj Board in Accra.
It was on the theme: “Responsible Reporting on Hajj Pilgrimage”.
Participants were walked through basics of journalism, news reporting, ethics of journalism, laws of defamation among others.
Speaking at the seminar, Mr. Amin Lamptey who is a communication expert said the essence was to train journalist and help disseminate information on Hajj pilgrimage in order for them to be appraised and adequately informed on issues on Hajj operations.
Mr. Lamptey underscored the need to have journalist that would specialized and report on issues on Hajj. He has therefore urged journalists to respect the ethics of their profession by publishing only the fact and truth, and apply the code of ethics which requires balanced and fair reportage.
He however expressed worry over how some journalists only circulate rumours on social media deceiving others.
Mr. Amin Lamptey therefore called on media practitioners not to lose track of the tenets of the profession to protect the mobility of the journalism profession.
By: Paul Mamattah