Ghanaian economist Kwame Pianim has slammed Ghanaian journalists who accept presidential offers to be on public institution boards.
His comment comes after the recent appointment of Paul Adom-Otchere and Kwame Sefa Kayi of Metro TV and Peace FM respectively to the boards of the Ghana Airport Company Limited and the National Petroleum Authority (NPA).
Pianim said such appointments make it difficult for the journalists to be neutral in playing their watchdog role effectively.
“You and I should also make sure that we speak the truth. The media (the Fourth Estate), yours is to speak truth to power and I have told my friends who are in the media that if you are easily dazzled by the glare of power don’t get close to power,” Pianim said on Accra-based Asaase Radio.
He added: “I said it at our meeting the other time, no media person should be a member of the board of any public institution. How can you criticise a government that you are a part of? If you are a think-tank you are criticising policy, you should not be part of policy-making.”
Source: Daily Mail GH