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MP for Bole Bamboi pushes for Legislation to regulate Social Media use in Ghana

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The Honorable Member of Parliament (MP) for the Bole-Bamboi constituency, Yussif Sulemana, says there is a need for some legislation to be put in place so as to deter people, especially the youth from abusing the use of social media in the country. The legislator is of the view that technology is a means of development but its usage must not be abused.

In an interview with ghananewsonline.com.gh to mark the celebration of World Radio Day which fell on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, the Bole-Bamboi legislature noted that it is about time people are held responsible for comments the make on social media platforms. He said this will serve as a deterrent to others.

The NDC legislator also appreciated the efforts of journalists all over the world in their efforts to help in the development of the world. He emphasized the need for journalists to be cautious in their gathering and presentation of information to the masses.

He said a misinformed country can easily spark wars, as such journalists must endeavor to be accurate at all times.

“It is obvious a radio station can bring war; a radio station can create problems for all of us; and so if you have the privilege to be a host or a radio presenter or whatever, you have a responsibility to ensure that your language is decorous, that you do not say anything because you can just say one thing and it will lead to chaos. We have seen it in other countries,” he stated.

On the issue of welfare and security of media practitioners in the country, the MP admitted that it is currently not at its best.  He charged owners of media houses to ensure that benefits due to journalists are given to them to enhance their lifestyle. He also pleaded with the general public to desist from attacking media practitioners at the least provocation.

Source: THERESA ADEZEWA AYITTEY || GHANANEWSONLINE.COM.GH

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