Dirty propaganda in political discourse must stop – Catholic Bishops

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The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference has sent a word of caution to political actors to desist from dirty political conversations as the country draws close to the 2020 general elections.

The Bishops, in their 2020 pastoral letter titled “Politics For nation-building and social cohesion in Ghana,” said it is important for Ghanaians to embrace politics as an indispensable tool for nation-building rather than a destructive one.

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They note that it is the responsibility of Ghanaians to work consciously towards peacebuilding and abhor the acrimonious type of politics which according to them, is gaining currency in the country.

“Of late, however, the increasing use of virtual space and electronic medium of communication has also heightened the threat of widespread use of fake news, insulting language as well as dirty propaganda in election campaigns and in political discourse. This must stop. It is not civilized,” the letter said.

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The Bishops further urged the media to avoid sensationalism and the spread of fake news.

“We cannot but call upon our media practitioners to uphold the highest journalistic standards, ethics and values in their reportage of the electoral processes and activities. Journalism is also an indispensable component of the noble vocation of politics,” the letter added.

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