Unfortunately, some elements in the press have abused this licence to the detriment of civil discourse. The newspapers and airwaves are rife with unsubstantiated and outright libelous claims about prominent people in the society. One victim of this press indiscipline is Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the flag-bearer of the NPP. False allegations have been made time and again by his detractors in the media about his alleged cocaine use. Even though his accusers have failed to give evidence, and his lawyers have unequivocally denied the claims time and again, it is customary for pro-NDC newspapers to insinuate cocaine use--even addiction--in every story involving him that they run.
It appears that until something drastic--like some media house being rendered insolvent by the courts--is done, the perpetrators of this injustice will not back down. In fact, some of them regard the fact that they have not yet been arraigned as evidence of the truth of their claims, given that Nana Akufo-Addo is himself a renowned lawyer. That line of reasoning is absurd and should be denounced in any civilized society. These journalists believe that until the victims of their media assault use the strongest measures possible to stop them, they should be taken for granted.
Unfortunately, this phenomenon transcends the media and politics.
Labour organizations in Ghana prefer strikes to discourse in making demands from the government. Perhaps, they have learnt from experience that that is the only language the government understands. It is also typical for groups to use public demonstrations as a first resort towards the resolution of an issue or the airing of a concern. Maybe, as a society, we have stopped listening to one another, or maybe, we assume the other could not possibly make sense if they do not agree with us. Whatever the reasons for this are, the trend is worrying and should be stemmed. We have learnt from our traumatic history to prefer a culture of ugly noises to one of silence, but that should not lead us to the extreme, where we become desensitized to the concerns--or even, plights--of others who might be hurting as a result of our deafened ears.
- Shock over Ghana 'witch killing' (bbc.co.uk)