Ghanaian journalists must also be elevated to the frontline status just as health, the security agencies and all professionals whose work is critical to the fight against the coronavirus outbreak, the Private Newspaper Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG) has said.
In this light, PRINPAG is demanding that journalists and their media houses, also be given a stimulus package just as the other frontliners have been given by the President.
called on the government to consider media practitioners as frontline workers so they can enjoy the stimulus package announced by the President.
At a joint press conference in Accra on Wednesday with the Ghana Journalist Association, and the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA), PRINPAG President, Mr Edwin Arthur, said: “All media practitioners who have been lending support to the national effort, are also as frontliners in the fight against the spread of the virus and, in this sense, we expect to be elevated to that status for the purpose in the ensuing argument”.
Justifying his call, Mr Arthur said: “Apart from our frontline role in educating the general populace on the dangers associated with COVID-19 and the need to observe, critically, all the safety measures and protocols, most of us have come into direct contact with carriers and Coronavirus patients.”
“Interviewing them as well as doctors who have been treating these patients in all our attempts to bring to our various stakeholders, credible and reliable information on the pandemic. This, we see as a critical duty in line with the constitutional mandate as the fourth estate on the realm by providing adequate information on the pandemic, thus, exposing us to the same risk our health workers are also exposed to. This being the case, PRINPAG urges the government and corporate institutions, to consider frontline media practitioners in the provision of PPE to enable us to arm ourselves adequately to lend support to other stakeholders in our collective fight against the spread of the virus.”