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Chairman of National Peace Council Urges Media to Combat Hate Speech for Democratic Consolidation in Ghana

Rev. Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, the chairman of the National Peace Council, emphasized the crucial role of the media in combating hate speech and promoting democratic consolidation in Ghana. He made these remarks while chairing an event organized by the Media Foundation West Africa, with the theme “Media, Hate Speech, and Democratic Consolidation in Ghana.”

During his speech, Rev. Adu-Gyamfi highlighted the detrimental effects of hate speech on society, citing devastating conflicts and referencing the Rwandan genocide as examples of the tragic consequences it can lead to. He stressed that the media, being a powerful communication channel, plays a significant role in perpetuating hate speech and, consequently, threatening the country’s democracy.

While acknowledging the importance of media platforms as tools for freedom of expression, Rev. Adu-Gyamfi emphasized the need for responsible journalism. He noted that the media has a vital role in promoting social justice movements such as Black Lives Matter, showcasing its potential for positive change. However, he cautioned that the freedom of speech does not absolve citizens of their responsibility to publish responsibly and consider the impact of their words.

The National Peace Council has undertaken various initiatives to foster sustainable peace in the country, and this event marked one of its major projects. Rev. Adu-Gyamfi called upon media practitioners and journalists to utilize their platforms to spread messages against hate speech and to actively engage in the fight against its proliferation.

Expressing concern over the rising usage of indecent language and the negative consequences it has on society, the chairman urged everyone to join forces in combating hate speech. He stressed that it is a collective responsibility to safeguard democratic values and promote peace and harmony throughout Ghana.

The event was organized by the Media Foundation West Africa and chaired by Rev. Ernest Adu-Gyamfi served as a platform for stakeholders to come together and discuss strategies to address the pressing issue of hate speech through responsible media practices. It is hoped that such efforts will contribute to the consolidation of democracy in Ghana and create a more inclusive and tolerant society.

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