The Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Josephine Nkrumah has called for an end to attacks on media practitioners in the country by operatives of the National Security.

According to her, the situation is eroding the security agency’s reputation and gives rise to a lack of trust.

Ms Nkrumah also said the surge in assault against the media is worrying particularly when such actions infringe on the rights and freedoms of expression.

NCCE calls for an end to attacks on media practitioners

Speaking to the media at a training workshop organised by the NCCE on Countering Violent Extremism in Ghana in Tamale, she said it is important for the state to bridge the gap between national security and the media.

Ms Nkrumah said the media is the institution that drives the national conversation, influences mindsets and steers the affairs of the direction of the country.

NCCE calls for an end to attacks on media practitioners

She noted that Ghana cannot achieve these goals if the two institutions working on divergent fronts.

NCCE calls for an end to attacks on media practitioners

The Chairperson also said it will not engender confidence in the national security and its allied security agencies.

“If we are going to be resilient in fighting and mitigating violent extremism our institutions must be working together to bridge that gap and begin to see security agencies as friends,” she said.

NCCE calls for an end to attacks on media practitioners

Ms Nkrumah said the NCCE, in the coming weeks, will be organizing some programs for the media in collaboration with the Ministry of National Security and the security agencies to build a good working relationship.

NCCE calls for an end to attacks on media practitioners

“For Ghana to build a strong national security there must be first, a high level of confidence of the citizenry in the national security apparatus” Ms Nkrumah said.