The Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) in collaboration with the British High Commission has launched a network of journalists to serve as crusaders against corruption in the country.
The fourteen (14) network members are made up of four females and ten males drawn from both private and public print, online, radio and TV media houses.
The objective of the network according to GACC is to mentor journalists to improve their journalistic writings on transparency and accountability issues, for collective action against corruption and enhance the watchdog role of the media.
Speaking at the launch, the Communications Officer for GACC, Beauty Narteh said the network is to fill the gap in investigative reporting especially on corruption related issues.
She indicated that a capacity building workshop will be organized to equip network members with knowledge on electoral corruption, abuse of incumbency, Public Procurement, oil and gas accountability issues, investigative reporting and writing skills.
The GACC Communications Officer added that experts on the areas mentioned will be assigned to mentor and support the journalists with relevant technical information.
Mrs. Narteh called on all stakeholders to support the 14 journalists in their resolve to expose corruption in the country.
Launching the event, the Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa, Professor Kwame Karikari charged the network members to be committed to the fight against corruption.
According to him, in a democratic state like Ghana, journalists are at liberty to expose corrupt officials both in government or private without fear or favour and thus they [network members] should discharg their duties judiciously.
Prof. Karikari lauded the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition and the British High Commission for the initiative and was optimistic that activities of the network will help to reduce corruption in the country.