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Christian-Muslim brouhaha: Media blackout counterproductive –Expert

"A Communications lecturer with the University of Ghana, Etse Sikanku says he disagrees with the "

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Posted on : Thu 05 Mar 2015

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A Communications lecturer with the University of Ghana, Etse Sikanku says he disagrees with the proposal of a total media blackout on the raging debate over religious rights in mission schools in the country.

According to him, any attempt to silence the media on the controversial debate will be counterproductive.

The head of the Department of Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra, Dr Kwesi Aning has urged the media to embargo stories on the subject.

It follows press statements and counter-statements issued by various Christian and Muslim groups over the debate.

On Wednesday, various Muslim groups in the country jointly issued a statement expressing qualms about the “uncompromising” pronouncements made by some Christian groups concerning the controversy over religious rights abuses in schools and workplaces, particularly as regards Muslims in mission schools.

The statement, signed on behalf of the Chief Imam by Sheikh Armiyawo Shaibu and Sheikh Dr. Amin Bonsu said the obdurate stance taken by the Christian Council, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), regarding the Muslim community’s demand for freedom of worship in educational institutions and workplaces in Ghana, could undermine the peace and harmonious coexistence between the two faiths in the country.

Speaking to Starr News Wednesday, Sikanku said the media must continue to highlight the issue.

“It’s going to be counterproductive to say that there should be a total media blackout on the matter.

“Because journalism in its truth and spirit is supposed to be the wheel on which people will be informed on matters and probably on potentially controversial issues in order to help with a peaceful resolution,” he stated.

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