17 October 2013

West Africa: The Media's Coverage of the 2012 Election Petition Adjudication

press release

The Media Foundation for West Africa is holding a series of special forums on the performance of Ghana's media in the coverage of the Supreme Court's adjudication and ruling on the 2012 Election Petition.

The forums, themed "The Media's Coverage of the 2012 Election Petition Adjudication: Successes, Challenges and the way forward", are targeted at court reporters, news editors and other journalists.

They are aimed at highlighting the high points in media's reportage; challenges (in terms of quality of reportage, ethical/professional/legal issues, resource allocation, etc.); and recommendations for reporting high-profile issues in the future.

The forums form part of activities being undertaken by the MFWA under the last phase of its language monitoring project which is funded by STAR-Ghana.

The language monitoring project was initiated during the Supreme Court's Adjudication of the 2012 Election Petition to help reduce incidence of hate speech and indecent expressions that could threaten the peace of the country.

The forums begin in Tamale (on Thursday, October 17, 2013) and will be followed by two others in Kumasi (Monday, October 28, 2013) and Accra (Tuesday, October 29, 2013).

Issued by the MFWA in Accra on October 17, 2013 The MFWA is a regional independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Accra. It was founded in 1997 to defend and promote the rights and freedom of the media and of expression.

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