Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has challenged Ghanaian investigative journalists to at all times exhibit high levels of integrity in the work.
According to him, because the Ghanaian society rely on investigative journalists to draw attention to gaps in law enforcement, they must also repay this trust by exhibiting high levels of integrity in their work.
He was speaking at the Regional Training Workshop on Investigative Reporting on Economic and Financial Crimes for Journalists organized by the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, in Accra.
“Society rely on you as investigative journalists to draw attention to gaps in law enforcement and highlight areas that require attention. The local Ghanaian adage that he who beats the village path, may not see its curves behind him is true. It takes a by-stander to observe and call out that the path behind him is not straight. This is a critical function we expect of you,” he said.
This the Minister said investigative journalists are expected to play an enhanced role in creating awareness and providing public education and information on what constitutes economic crimes.
He said this will ensure that people do not engage in such crimes out of ignorance and will help reduce the number of potential culprits of economic crimes.