Betway Ghana in collaboration with the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) has organised training sessions for sports journalists in Kumasi and Accra.
The two-region training dubbed “Betway Sports Writers Conference” was held at the Swiss Spirit Hotel & Suites Alisa.
At the climax of the maiden collaboration by Betway and SWAG in Accra, a lot of speakers came through to share their experiences in the game; from the use of social media, preparing for commentaries, and ethical reporting on women’s football, the legal aspects and broadcasting the game to the importance of research before a game as well as looking presentable at all times.
Speaking at the conference, Mr Addo, General Secretary of the Ghana Football Association stressed that preceding defamatory statements with words such as “allege” will not save prevent journalists from being sued.
Responding to a question as to whether it was appropriate to use the word “alleged” in broadcasts, the former Disciplinary Committee Chairman of the GFA said, “don’t be tempted to use alleged and think you are free, you are not. You can be taken on at any time by those who feel hurt. Using alleged before defaming people won’t save you”.
He also offered journalists tips on how to avoid making defamatory statements and attracting defamation suits.
Swag represented by President Kwabena Yeboah and General Secretary Charles Osei Asibey participated in the 83rd AIPS Congress in Budapest, where about 400 sports journalists from over 100 countries participated and deliberated on issues, including the freedom of the journalist, gender gap in sports media, sports for youth, investigative journalism and others.
The congress also had sessions with FIFA President Gianni Infantino, Sebastien Coe of World Athletics, leaders of teqball, handball, rugby and many other international federations.
The 2021 edition of the AIPS Congress will be held in Rome, Italy.