Monday, 30 May 2011

Minds on the Ghanaian Media

Great minds: Kwaku Sakyi-Addo(right) and Harruna Attah(left) 

On the podium
Professor Gyimah-Boadi holding forth
It was quite a night of satiny thinkery at the very well appointed Citizen Kofi last friday. Facing the burning singe of cerebral matter was Ghana's mediascape in the last twenty odd years and whether potentially mortal threats were lurking at the door.  Kwaku Sakyi-Addo was mortified by the emergence of religious charlatans  (who under the spell of phallic restlessness seem to have found voyeuristic escape in pudenda violations) and their seemingly unbridled access to the Ghanaian media. For Harruna Attah the  evils of pornagraphic licentiousness, dour reportage and worrying absence of communication finese among others could be cured by the emergence of a new breed of well educated journalists. The professorial input of Gyimah-Boadi capped it for me: the nebulous term national security needed clarification if it was not to become a bogey once again for the media. I stormed the Accra night thereafter musing: did Ghana's media get ahead of itself seduced by the promise of nirvana post liberalization?    

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