CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners of the 2017 Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Awards. But most especially, to the 2017 Journalist of Year—Mr Bernard Koku Avle of CitiFM, Accra.
WE hope their feats would encourage all of us in the media space to work hard and help in the development of mother Ghana. However, there is one issue that needs urgent attention.
THIS is no other than the salaries of journalists and media practitioners in this country. To put it bluntly, salaries of journalists, particularly many in the private media houses, are nothing to write home about. At best these salaries could be described as pittance!
THAT situation is what is contributing largely to the craze for collecting ‘soli’ (to wit so-called honorarium) and other inducements on the part of many of our journalists influencing them in the line of their duties.
IN the advanced democracies, many of our colleague journalists are paid handsomely, a situation that leaves no space for influence. That, however, is appalling in our part of the world.
IN fact, there is a flood of private media houses in this country whose journalists’ salaries are nothing to write home about. And in some extreme cases, journalists are not even given anything at the end of the month! Surprising, but that is the reality on the ground.
AND under such conditions why will some of our colleagues not go after soli just to make ends meet, which tend to compromise the ethics of the profession.
IT is in the light of the above that Today endorses the Information Minister-designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah’s, call on owners of media houses to pay more attention to the salaries of their journalists. It is, therefore, our hope that media owners would heed this call and work towards improving the lot of journalists in this country.