Govt reacts to report on press freedom

    Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has stated that the government has welcomed the report by the Reporters Without Borders (RSF), on Ghana’s press freedom, with measures to rectify the anomalies.

    According to him, the report by RSF is a baseline reference document, which may be used to gauge Ghana’s press freedom in the future.

    In a statement on Wednesday, the sector minister stressed that even though the publishers called for circumspection in comparing the 2022 report to that of 2021, due to the differences in methodology, the government will still consider a raft of measures to improve the country’s rating.

    “The Government of Ghana in pursuance of its desire to continuously promote press freedom and the safety of journalists intends to do the under-listed; Work in collaboration with the National Media Commission to deepen the execution of the Coordinated Mechanism on the Safety of Journalists.

    “Collaborate with stakeholders including Civil Society Organisations in deepening education for State and non-State actors on the safety of journalists

    “To address the RFS’ concern about the poor economic conditions of most journalists in the country, the government will continue engagements with media associations including media owners to improve the working and economic conditions of journalists.

    “Collaborate with stakeholders in the fight against disinformation and spread of fake news”, the statement revealed.



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