“Resist attempts by politicians using the media as a tool”– IMC Chairman
The PPRC Chairman Justice Tolla Thompson (in photo) during a meeting with the Independent Media Commission (IMC) Chairman, commissioner Rod Mac-Johnson and Commissioner Mohamed Samoura, on September 3,rd observed that utterances during some radio programmes have the potential to incite violence and disrupt the electioneering process.
Justice Tolla Thompson meticulously cited examples of such programs and appealed to the IMC for a good working relationship with the various media outlets to ensure a successful election process.
During the meeting with the PPRC Chairman, Commissioner Rod Mac-Johnson said, the IMC is encouraging moderators to ensure that their programmes are structured and free from hate messages, emotive or judgmental language likely to create tension.
Furthermore, the IMC Chairman advised moderators to be mindful of the people they interview especially on sensitive issues.
The Chairman of the IMC made an appeal to media practitioners to resist any attempt by politicians to use the media as a tool for derailing the democratic process.
As a good working relationship between the PPRC, IMC, and the press in general is in place, it is apparent that a free, fair and non-violent elections is assured come November 17th.
By E. Awotelli-Cole
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