Catholic Named Best Journalist in Ghana Wants Steadfastness ahead of December Elections

Mr. Samson Lardy Anyenini, member of the Catholic Association of Media Practitioners, Ghana (CAMP-G) who was adjudged the 2019 P. A.V. Ansah Journalist of the Year at the 25th Ghana Journalists’ Association Awards ceremony in Accra on October 24, 2020.

A member of the Ghana’s Catholic Association of Media Practitioners (CAMP-G) has been crowned the overall winner in the just concluded 25th Ghana Journalists’ Association (GJA) Awards, winning the title of Journalist of the Year 2019 in the West African country.

Mr. Samson Lardy Anyenini, the host of Newsfile on the Multimedia Group’s Joy News was declared the 2019 P.A.V. Ansah Journalist of the Year at a ceremony in Accra on Saturday, October 24. He was one of the over 60 awardees in different categories at the ceremony.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Anyenini called on journalists in Ghana to be steadfast during the country’s upcoming December elections.

He reminded media practitioners in the West African nation that they play important roles in the country’s democracy and asked them not to allow themselves to be bullied by politicians and other powerful people and groups in the country.


“During the elections, when for some reason someone asks you to bring your recorder for it to be destroyed, do not give it to them. Let them know that if you are in the wrong, then they should report you to the police,” he stressed.

Held under the theme, “COVID-19 and credible presidential and parliamentary elections: The media factor,” the GJA Awards this year saw 64 awards presented to various journalists and media houses including some known Catholic media practitioners.

With over two decades of media experience, Mr. Anyenini also won the Award for Democracy and Peace Building.

The Best Telecommunication Reporting award was won by Mrs. Linda Tenyah-Ayettey, a member of CAMP-G working with the Daily Guide Newspaper.

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Another member of CAMP-G, Regina Asamoah of Atinka TV and member of the GJA Constitutional Review Committee was also a recipient of the Female Journalist of the Year Award, Special Awards for COVID-19 coverage and Special Awards from Plan Ghana.

Mr. Anyenini, who is also a legal practitioner and host of Joy FM’s Saturday flagship program Newsfile urged security personnel and other political actors in the West African country to cease assaulting journalists, insisting that “it is an illegal act.”

He expressed gratitude to the GJA for the honor done to him and to all who had contributed in diverse ways to enhance his success.

Mr. Anyenini was among other members of CAMP-G who were in February 2020 nominated to chair the 11-member Constitution Review Committee.


He left a full-time staff job at Multimedia Group Limited’s Joy Fm, Ghana’s first private commercial radio station, at the start of 2013 as News Editor to focus on law practice. He has since only hosted the flagship most listened to/watched weekend current affairs news analysis Newsfile program.

As a broadcast journalist, he has also been a BBC correspondent reporting on a wide range of issues with emphasis on human rights cases.

Ghana’s Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, who was the guest speaker at the 25th GJA Awards, said that the judiciary has no personal agenda against any journalist in Ghana.

He explained that the judiciary is sometimes forced to step in to check the excesses in the media and stated that the work of the judiciary should not be deemed as an attack on journalists.

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“Our relationship can often take a sour turn and there have been times when we have had to lay down the law and step in to check some of the excesses that are inevitable in any public endeavors such as media practice,” the Chief Justice said in a statement that was read at the ceremony.

He added, “For any journalist who may have found themselves on the wrong side of judicial pronouncements, I am here to tell you that it was not personal. Sometimes this is needed to ensure that the right thing is done.”

“I can assure you that the judiciary is committed to media freedom and working with you, indeed, with all of you to grow our democracy and improve the lives of our people,” said Chief Justice Anin-Yeboah.

He cautioned the media personnel not to be sensational in their reportage ahead of the general elections, noting that “freedom of expression is not an end in itself. Our national survival depends as much on the prosperity of citizens and the prospects of achieving it, as it does.”

“This is a period in which your heightened political antenna can pick up insignificant signals and blow them out of proportion to excite partisan groups against their opponents,” he said, and added, “I call on the media to ensure that this attitude must not be followed during the countdown to our general elections and thereafter.”

He maintained that the true performance of the media fraternity during the height of the pandemic must guide the coverage of the upcoming December 7 elections.

On his part, Mr. Affail Monney, the GJA President emphasized that the media has a crucial role to play in ensuring a peaceful, free, fair and credible general elections, adding that “this year, in particular, has been tough for the media in Ghana because of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

According to the President of the umbrella body of Ghanaian Journalists, the year 2020 has been a test of character for the media, “which had to discharge their godly, constitutional and moral responsibilities towards the people in the midst of a pandemic, coupled with the daunting task of covering the upcoming general election.”