Gov’t pledges safety mechanisms to end attacks on journalists

Ghana has joined other commonwealth nations to pledge their commitment to the protection of Journalists at the just ended Global Conference for Media Freedom in London.

The two-day conference was also used to discuss ways to ensure responsible media and support for safety and protection of Journalists. Ghana’s delegation to the Conference was led by Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah.

Mr. Nkrumah in an address to participants said Ghana had and continues to build a robust mechanism for free and responsible media practice through constitutional and legal frameworks.

The Information Minister said Ghana’s performance on the World Press Freedom Index with the last few years has been commendable despite the recently reported cases of attacks on media freedom.

The Minister who is also the MP for Ofoase Ayirebi disclosed that Ghana was taking measures to fight abuse and attacks on Journalists through the implementation of a Coordinating Mechanism on the Safety of Journalists which will help equip various stakeholders, prevent abuse and independently validate future claims of attacks.

He also revealed that Ghana was rolling out a media capacity program in support of quality journalism but will not shy away from legislating against misinformation and disinformation which constitute challenges that threaten confidence in the media.

The Minister challenged the media and Journalists to go beyond investigating and exposing nefarious acts and use their platforms to also highlight positive advancements of societies.

The maiden Global Conference for Media Freedom was jointly organised by the UK and Canadian governments.


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