General News of Wed, 7 Jan 20046
Pastor advocates freeze on phone-in programmes of radio, TV
Apam (C/R), Jan. 7, GNA - Apostle Albert Kwesi Hackman, Pastor in charge of Apam branch of the Church of Lord, Lighthouse has appealed to the Media Commission to place an embargo on radio and television phone-in programmes until this year's general elections were concluded. Apostle Hackman said the manner in which phone-in programmes were conducted in the country posed serious threat to peace and stability. He made the suggestion when he delivered a sermon at a church service to mark the first Sunday of the year at Apam.
Apostle Hackman appealed to Ghanaians to desist from activities and utterances, which could disturb the peace the nation was enjoying. He exhorted politicians and their followers to conduct their campaigns in a peaceful manner devoid of the use of inflammatory language.
The pastor urged religious groups not only to pray for peace but also to educate the people on the need to tolerate the views of their political opponents.
He appealed to the government to resource the Nation Commission for Civic Education to enable it to intensify its programmes during the election year.