We have being called rented press, we have being accused of engaging in irresponsible cash and carry journalism, we have being told we are not credible, our reach in terms of how many copies we print and how many regions we circulate, have being question and mocked, yet when we write, we are sued in the law courts, or dragged to the National Media Commission (NMC).
We have become like that animal in the bush, where even if you think it is ugly, you cannot doubt it prowess when it comes to running and like the motto of the Alhaj newspaper, you neglect us at your own peril. I do not know what informed that motto, but ours has no malice or mischief inherent in it, we are only doing our job the best we know how and to the glory of God.
The question of credibility is not only coming from members the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), but you will find people in government, also making the same claim.
We do not claim to be perfect, neither do we meet every journalistic code of ethics, but we have in our short existence, done so well, under extraneous circumstances.
Last year, I wrote an article calling on the government, to pay a little attention to what we were going through, the article was misinterpreted and my Managing Editor was accused of being available for the highest bidder.
The terrain has changed, with the repeal of the criminal libel law, journalists were given a respite and could escape jail term, but they are other dangers that are emerging and which if not handled well, could undermine the efforts the media is making in this country of checkmating public office holders.
The new threat is what I will call ‘branding’. Not that it is bad to belong to a political party, after all in our line of work, they is nothing like the middle line, you either belong to the right or you belong to the left.
Politicians have found a convenient way of rubbishing what we write or say; on the premise that, the person or media house belongs to one political party or another.
In our line of work, we have only sought to put Ghana first; it was the same reason that motivated our seniors, who sacrificed for the restoration of multi-party democracy. We do not seek any self glorification that is why the likes of Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, Kwesi Pratt, Ben Ephson, Haruna Atta, Kofi Koomson etc, who were incarcerated under bizarre circumstances, are not seeking for any political office.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who prides himself of being a democrat and believes in the independence of the media, will drag media houses before the National Media Commission, instead of writing to them.
Anytime any of those newspapers had written a story that the office of Nana Addo disagrees with, words or phrases used to describe those newspapers are sometimes alarming.
Ghanaians or his supporters are told to disregard those publications and that the papers are not credible and must not be taking serious, unknowingly, we are giving him sleepless nights.
Assuming without admitting that the stories were not true, what has Nana Addo to lose, if he could have just said, this is not true and that I will treat it with the contempt it deserves.
By this action of going to the NMC, it stands to reason that every publication that necessitated the action at the NMC was true. Nana Addo and his supporters must brace themselves up for more appearances at the NMC.
If you do not believe in the credibility of somebody, how do you get bothered by what they do or say about you?
The New Patriotic Party (NPP), can continue denying of our existence and the effect of what we do, that is self-delusion, but as long as what we write is in the best interest of Ghanaians, we will continue doing so, without fear or favor.
I now understand their strategy, the best way to deny the existence of somebody is to discredit them, they have succeeded in doing that, except they can’t live with it. We are too hot for them; our existence is so conspicuous that we cannot be denied.
We will continue telling Ghanaians who Nana Addo is, and why he is not the best choice for Ghanaians, certainly not after what Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor, John Evans Atta Mills and President Mahama, have committed to this country.
We are a forward thinking people, we do not engage in taking one step forward and two steps backward. We cannot be driving forward and looking into the rear mirror.
Nana Addo belongs to yesterday, today and tomorrow, belongs to us.
I believe that Nana Addo, has served his purpose, he was one among the people, whose sacrifices had made it possible for me to sit behind my PC, to help shape the manifest destiny of this country.
He has a page in the history book of this country, but certainly not a chapter, because the chapters are reserved for our Presidents and Heads of State.
He is in no competition with anybody, the fact that John Agyekum Kufuor, became the President, doesn’t necessarily mean he can also become, it is never his birthright. He was fortunate to become a legislator, because where he comes from is predominantly inhabited by people who believe in the United Party tradition, after all that is where Joseph Boakye Danquah comes from.
In conclusion, as I count our pardonable mistakes as journalists, I pray that the almighty God touches the hearts of the journalist to sign up for fair, purpose driven, objective reporting and the moral fiber to reject brown or other colored envelope.