……Presby Moderator Warns
By Gifty Arthur
The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Martey, has expressed concern over comments posted on
Ghanaweb.com, one of the most read websites in Ghana saying, they can one day trigger tribal war.
The outspoken moderator, is on a one man crusade, calling on managers of the popular site to learn from best practices and bring sanity to its platform.
The Man of God, said this when he delivered a speech at a Graphic/Star-Ghana sponsored programme under the topic, National Governance Dialogue on Media Ethics and Transparency in Frequency Allocation, organized last Friday in Accra.
According to the Moderator, who expressed series of concerns about media practice in Ghana, he has for the past years monitored comments that are left on stories on the website, and he felt it was time they were checked.
Citing some of the popular websites that restrict comments on their site, Rev. Martey advised that Ghanaweb, which was arguably the most read website in Ghana copy from that.
Explaining further, he said sometimes the insults and attacks by the two mentioned tribes, leave much to be desired, adding if not checked, it would disrupt Ghana’s peace. He recalled an act in Rwanda, where an act by a radio station, instigated tribal war for years.
The controversial moderator, who said he was not alone with respect to the matter said often times; his friends have had the course to express disgust about the development which he said was degenerating by the day.
Speaking passionately about the development, Rev. Martey said, “sometimes I weep and I get headache, Ghanaweb, do something because your action may trigger war one day”.
When you read comments on that website, you see Ashantis and Ewes insulting themselves, in fact do something. The same thing I say to pastors, I will say to journalists”. Ghanaweb, no doubt, is one site which is used by all, most especially Ghanaians living abroad.
The moderator, who was speaking before crem de la crem of media practitioners, tasked journalists to refrain from acts that brings their profession into disrupt