The Faculty of Journalism and Media Studies in collaboration with the Ghana Journalists Association and the Ghana Commission for UNESCO has held a symposium at the Ghana International Press Centre to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the World Radio Day. This year’s celebration was themed “New World, New Radio”.
The Deputy Rector, Prof. Eric Opoku Mensah in his welcome address stated that the celebration was an opportunity to recognize the efforts of media practitioners to the development of the nation. He urged radio broadcasters to produce content that are development oriented while adhering to the ethics of the profession.
In a speech read on her behalf, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO stated that radio has helped in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic by making it possible to relay health instructions/information to citizens which has saved lives. She added that, radio has become an indispensable companion in our lives and continues to affect us in a positive way. “Radio accompanies our mornings and our evenings and mirrors the thoughts of a world that must be heard and understood”, she said.
In his remarks, Mr. Roland Afail Monney, President of the Ghana Journalist Association mentioned that radio has contributed greatly to the architecture of peace in Ghana. This, according to him, has been achieved to a large extent through the space created by the media for political opponents and ordinary Ghanaians to settle their differences in non-violent ways.
He commended local language speaking radio stations in Ghana for giving practical meaning to the constitutional right of Ghanaians regardless of their educational background. This makes it possible for all to access information and contribute to the national discourse.
He ended his speech by wishing the broadcast community in Ghana a fruitful World Radio Day celebration.