OccupyGhana kicks against ‘soli’

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OccupyGhana, a pressure group has decided to discontinue the widely

tolerated practice of handing out cash to journalists who show up to

cover events and report.

A statement issued to the Ghana News Agency by George Andah of

OccupyGhana said "the practice of handing out cash when journalists

cover events flies in the face of ethical journalistic practice, as it

can be construed to suggest an inducement for the favorable

reporting of an event. It also potentially raises questions about

the accuracy, fairness and balance of the stories that are eventually


The statement further noted "fully cognizant that the practice of

paying 'soli' provides a fertile ground for corruption to thrive."

George Andah said this decision was taken to demonstrate OccupyGhana's

anti-corruption stance and also to establish for the record that the

movement is not about talk alone but also about deeds.

He said although they believe such action has the potential to "hurt"

coverage of OccupyGhana events, "we believe it's the right decision."

"OccupyGhana stands in solidarity with the many journalists who do not

insist on nor request cash handouts before they do their jobs.

In fact we take this opportunity to acknowledge their principled

stance and hope that their compatriots will come to accept the wisdom

of their position.

"Once again we salute these patriotic journalists who have decided to

put Ghana first on this journey to get Ghana work again by covering

and reporting OccupyGhana's activities. We cannot achieve this

collective goal without you," he added.

The statement said "let us be the generation to plant trees today so

the next generation can enjoy the shade.

Credit: GNA

My Comment: OccupyGhana, Now that you are kick against the almighty

soli, Please do well and put pressure on media owners to pay their

workers well. Thank You

Comment added by: Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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