April 17, 2024

Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafo, Chairman of the National Media Commission (NMC)

Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafo, Chairman of the National Media Commission (NMC), has been tapped to serve on the on the 15-member Communication and Digitalization sub-committee of Dr. Bawumia’s manifesto committee.

Ayeboafo’s recent clash with the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has brought him into the spotlight. The altercation stemmed from the GJA’s decision to blacklist two New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament (MPs) accused of assaulting journalists. Specifically, the MPs targeted were Madam Hawa Koomson, representing Awutu Senya East in the Central region, and Mr. Farouk Mahama, representing Yendi in the Northern region.

In a bold move, Ayeboafo openly criticized the GJA’s directive, denouncing it as “dysfunctional and unproductive” for the public interest. He advocated for the use of legal avenues to address acts of impunity against journalists, diverging from the stance taken by the GJA’s national executives and other media organizations.

However, Ayeboafo’s appointment to Dr. Bawumia’s manifesto committee has sparked debate and raised questions about his impartiality. Critics are questioning the compatibility of his new role with his current position as the chairman of the National Media Commission. Some are skeptical about how he will handle dealings with pro-opposition media houses, given his past clash with the GJA leadership. There are those who assert that Ayeboafo’s actions were motivated by partisan interests rather than genuine concern for journalistic integrity.

As Ayeboafo assumes his new role on the manifesto committee, the political and media landscapes await to see how he will navigate these contentious issues and uphold the principles of fairness and transparency.

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