Story By: Abdul Jalil Mahamud || Sanatu Zambang
Supervised by: Rahamatu-Lahi Zakaria || Sanatu Zambang
Akwaabagh.com enterprise is set to hold a convening, National Media Dialogue with Experts (Namdex’22) Summit in Tamale on the 12th of March, 2022 at GNAT Hall on the theme, ‘The role of media practitioners and citizen journalists, in the promotion of peace and security in Northern Region in the era of fake news‘.
The Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, Honourable Murtala Mohammed will be the chairman for the event while the Special Guest of Honour is Honourable Alhaji Shani Alhassan Shaibu, the Northern Regional Minister and Special Guest Speaker is the immediate past Registrar of University for Development Studies (UDS), Communication Consultant, Media Expert, Chief of Yapei (YAPEIWURA) Dr A.B.T Zakaria. Other speakers at the convening would include Manasseh Azure, Abdul-Hayi Moomeen, Foreign Policy and Security Analyst, Adib Saani, Northern regional chairman of Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) and Upper West Manager of Ghana News Agency, Caesar Abagali among others.
In an interview with Sanatu Zambang Studios, the CEO of akwaabagh.com Enterprise, Mr Muftaw Iddrisu, a journalist/ public relations practitioner and a communication strategist highlighted the need for the convening saying
‘’Fake news, misinformation and disinformation is a threat to National security and peace building especially in the Northern Region. We are in an information flood era hence the need for both professional journalists and citizen journalists to have the knowledge on how to trace fake news items or misleading information and be thought on how to also fact check a news item before publishing it.’’
‘’We cannot turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to misinformation, disinformation and fake news because it is a threat to the goal 16 of sustainable development goals which is Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.’’ He added.
Other stakeholders to attend the convening are Heads of Institutions, student bodies, persons in the creative arts sector, security personnel, journalists, PR practitioners, Citizen Journalists among others will dialogue and come out with insightful, thought-provoking and game-changing points to change the narrative of the 21st-century media reportage.