A media researcher and lecturer at the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), Kwaku Botchwey, has expressed disappointment at the quality of questions asked at the Presidential Media Encounter held at the Jubilee House Wednesday evening.
Mr Botchwey who was assessing the entire encounter between the president and selected journalists said the journalists present failed to ask thought-provoking questions.
Speaking on Adom FM’s morning show “Dwaso Nsem” Thursday, the lecturer said the type of questions asked by the few journalists who had the opportunity were not “punchy” enough.
the encounter, he noted, is a topmost opportunity for Journalists to scrutinise the President on behalf of the citizenry on relevant national issues but the opportunity slipped by as most of the questions asked were inept.
“I think most journalists didn’t do enough research and therefore didn’t ask punchy questions. In fact, they need to do more because we expect journalists to ask good questions because their questions will determine how the government is doing” he said,
On Wednesday, 20th December 2018, President Akufo-Addo, hosted 111 journalists from various media organisations in Ghana for about an hour.
Of the 111 journalists present, only 14 had the opportunity to ask questions with many media analysts criticising the president for taking a chunk of the time available for his speech.
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In all, a total of 15 questions were asked at the encounter and Mr Bothcwey has described the performance levels of performance by journalists as very low.