Executive Secretary of the National Peace Council (NPC) in the Brong Ahafo Region, Alhaji Suallah Abdallah has described as worrying the absence of media representation at the council.
He observes that the media play a critical role in ensuring peace and national cohesion underscoring the need for relevant authorities to take a second look at the matter and get the media to be part.
Teaching on the topic; The role of media in conflict management and peace building at a two-day training for journalists from Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions on the 2016 elections organized by the Legal Resource Center with support from the British High commission in Sunyani, he indicated that biased information is a recipe for confusion which could lead to conflict in society.
‘When people find themselves in such a situation they become restless and desperate for any eventuality’ he said.
He told newsmen that most conflicts in Ghana are managed by the authorities instead of resolving them permanently blaming the situation to the numerous recurring conflicts.
‘Most of the conflicts are avoidable if the intelligence system of the country is working effectively. I challenge the media especially those from the conflict prone areas to raise questions about the effectiveness of Ghana’s security intelligence system for not nipping the issues in the bud’, he added.
He also attributed the numerous conflict issues to the way and manner journalists report them and urged them to take some training in conflict reporting in order not to inflame passions suggesting the introduction of peace journalism in the Ghanaian media landscape for interested practitioners to focus only on promoting peaceful co-existence.