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Sports Journalists schooled on ethics, defamation, GFA products & operations

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Sports journalists have been schooled on ethics of the job, defamation and the structure and operations of the Ghana Football Association at the Northern Sector Media Capacity Building Programme put together by SWAG and sponsored by the GFA in Kumasi.

Guests for the event included the Gen. Sec. of the GFA Prosper Addo (Esq), Deputy Gen. Sec., Alex Asante, the President of SWAG, Kwabena Yeboah, Head of GFA I.T, Francis Essah and the Gen. Sec. of the Ghana Bar Association, Yaw Boafo(Esq).

Speaking at the event, President of SWAG Kwabena Yeboah emphatically reminded journalists on their role and contribution to the development of Sports in the country.

The media is very prudent in the developmental sequence of every Nation and for that reason we must in our everyday lives remind ourselves of our specific roles / duties towards these achievements.

” It is our duty as industry players to help the growth of the industry in other words we must all help to make it better” Kwabena Yeboah hinted.

“I do understand that negative news do sell fast but we must most at times try our best to use our resources in fastracking the positives”.

Governance System at the GFA was the topic the Gen. Sec. of the FA, Prosper Addo took Journalists through. He detailed the GFA’s structure, vision, mission, statutes and the Association’s relationship with FIFA and CAF including the Compliance and Integrity Unit to all who made it to the event.

He also touched on match venue violence acts by some Ghanaians in the ongoing Division One league and he said ” The education on violence at our various league venues shouldn’t be the sole duty of the FA but also all stakeholders involved in the game.
“We should all help in bringing sanity to the game” Prosper Addo added.

Sec. Gen. of the Ghana Bar Association, Lawyer Yaw Boafo also educated the Media on Media Law and what the National Media Commision does.

“The increase in in number of media houses have helped in our democratic way of doing things but it also have it’s own excesses”. Lawyer Yaw Boafo.

“The Media should know their limits when they are in operation especially the difference between criticism and alarming of insults on people involved in a particular story”.

Deputy Gen. Sec.and also the Head of the National Team Department, Alex Asante also shared some details on how the National Teams functions (from call ups by head coaches to camping).

The various updates of the FA’s IT department from players registrations, competition management system(CMS), transfer matching system(TMS) were also informed by GFA IT Director, Francis Adu.

The programme was funded by FIFA Covid 19 Relief Fund.

Story : Francis Pieterson

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