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Ghana cleric draws sword at journalists

afrol News, 3 September - The Presiding Archbishop of International Council for Clergy (ICC), Rt. Rev. Dr. George Slezer Ofori-Atta, has threatened to sue journalists for “deliberately maligning Christian clerics.”

Rt. Rev. Ofori-Atta wonders why some journalists have been using misleading stories and headlines [purposely] to incite the public against the clergy.

“Instead of cross-checking their facts, which is in line with the ethics of their profession, these journalists are rather undermining public confidence in the clergy,” he told an international conference in the capital Accra.

“Journalists must put their stories in the right context and should stop using the clergy to do business,” he urged, asking journalists to desist from arrogating themselves the role to interpret the Bible to the public.

The conference, whose theme is “Make a Positive Impact”, attracted over 700 participants from Ghana, United States, United Kingdom, Sierra Leone, Togo, Liberia and South Africa.

Rev. Ofori-Atta said there were men of God endowed with philosophy degrees in theology who could be consulted by any journalist who want to seek any aspect of the Bible.

“No man of God can tell Journalists what journalism is about. In the same vein journalists should be humble enough to approach people who know the Bible better in the course of their work,” he said.

ICC is an affiliate of the US-based Council of Black Clergy, International Ministerial Independent and Word Council of Independent Christian Churches and Independent Assemblies of God International.

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