By Jerry Akornor 

Immediate Past Chairman of National Media Commission Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng has urged upcoming media practitioners to take up voluntary jobs to gain the required competencies to secure their future careers.

According to Chief Corporate Officer of MTN Ghana Sam Korateng, the event seeks to celebrate Media Consultant, Author Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng at seventy (70) years also intended to fully whip up his interest to share his experiences. 

The launch which coincides with 25th Anniversary of topmost telecommunications giant MTN Ghana also commenced series of conversations with prominent and experienced personalities whose competencies and experiences can help shape society. 

Speaking at the launch of Bright Media Conversations by MTN Ghana in Accra, the immediate past President of Pan African Writers of Association Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng said "This days I see many journalists drop their phone simply recording without taking note. It's a bad habit. I have been a columnist for over forty years". 

"In the past we had dedicated journalists despite attacks on media freedom", he said.

Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng has also expressed misgivings over too much influence of media owners to compel journalists to champion their self- seeking agenda against political opponents. 

"Media owners everywhere are powerful. I was sacked without a letter for at least three times in my career as a media practitioner". 

"The difference between the time we practised journalism and now is equal to day and night because we had to fight government's monopoly. Now a whole chapter of 1992 Constitution has been dedicated to media freedom hitherto was not in our era". 

"But, I must say that fake news is not caused by social but it occurs when people have to deceive to gain advantage in any form. Whatever people do is first social before the media".

Contributing to the debate, Board Chairman for Graphic Communications Group Limited Prof. Kwame Karikari has charged TV stations to be creative in order to remain relevance.

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