14th July 2024

Ghana’s Information Minister, Fatimatu Abubakar, has urged the media to prioritize fact-checking and verification to prevent spreading misinformation and potential chaos. She cited a recent incident where a Ghanaian chef’s unsubstantiated claim of a Guinness record for a cook-a-thon was widely reported without proper fact-checking, leading to national embarrassment.

In an interview in Accra, Minister Abubakar emphasized the critical role media plays in ensuring accurate information dissemination, particularly in sensitive areas like politics and elections. She warned that spreading falsehoods could lead to chaos and conflict, and urged journalists to exercise due diligence in verifying information before publication.

To promote transparency and accountability, the Ministry will embark on regional town hall meetings and exhibitions starting in July. These events will feature regional and sector ministers, government appointees, and community members, fostering open discussions on government projects, including infrastructure development, healthcare, education, and water sanitation.

The meetings aim to provide a platform for feedback and ensure accountability in government projects, promoting a more informed and engaged citizenry.

“Fact-Checking is crucial to responsible journalism. Let’s work together to build a more informed society.” Honourable Fatimatu Abubakar, Information Minister added.

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