The Akufo Addo administration and ex-President John Mahama have agreed that press freedom in Ghana is not a negotiable discussion. Ex-President Mahama describes it as akin to fresh air, while President Akufo Addo describes the press as an “invaluable ally”.
This rhetoric is coming as part of the celebration of the World Press Freedom Day today Sunday, Mar 3, 2020.
“…We need a free press as much as we need fresh air to breathe,” said ex-President Mahama who adds that a free press is essential for the survival of democracy.
“When the freedom of the press is curtailed, democracy suffers. And all the other human rights that anchor our dignity as human beings are eroded. Without freedom, our dignity is trampled.” the Leader of Ghana’s largest opposition NDC wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday, May,03,2020.
Meanwhile, a statement issued by Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah hailed the role of the Ghanaians press in the fight against the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.
“Their reporting and publishing of information on preventive etiquette is contributing positively in this fight…The Media, as the President in one of such engagements described, is an “invaluable ally” in the fight against COVID-19,” the statement read.
“We are hopeful that together, we will defeat this pandemic in the shortest possible time and continue with initiatives to make the media and broadcasting space increasingly productive.”
This year’s World Press Freedom Day is themed “Journalism without Fear or Favour”.