Former President John Dramani Mahama has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to encourage and promote Press Freedom in Ghana in order to create serience atmosphere for Ghanaians.
The 2020 Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress believes that, the media, Civic Society Organizations and individuals should be allowed to freely communicate, express themselves and contribute to critical national issues.
Freedom of the press or freedom of the media is the principle that communication and expression through various media, including printed and electronic media, especially published materials, should be considered a right to be exercised freely by every individual.
Freedom of the press is an essential right and core principle of democracy. In view of this, May 3 of every year is set aside for the celebration of Press Freedom thus; “World Press Freedom Day” to commemorates the day.
Former President John Dramani Mahama took advantage of this year’s world Press Freedom Day to share his sentiment, advocating for the independence of the Ghanaian media, Civil Society Organisations and the individuals.
“I want to encourage President Nana Akufo-Addo and his close associates to seize the occasion to create an atmosphere that is more tolerant of criticism and devoid of intimidation in order for the media, CSOs and individuals to freely express themselves and contribute to national discourse”. Mr. John Dramani Mahama said this on World Press Freedom Day in a statement intercepted by Coverghana.com.gh
The former president in a video on the eve of the world Press Freedom Day indicated that Ghana was ranked number one in Africa with regards to press freedom during his tenure as president of our dear nation (Ghana) notwithstanding his claim been challenged by many as peddling falsehood.
Article 162 and 163 of the Ghana’s 1992 constitution outlined explicitly; freedom, independence and responsibility of the media towards national development. In effect, free press creates room for the citizenry to obtain information from a wide range of sources that are not dictated or restricted by government in order for the citizens to act accordingly devoid of intimidation.
The essence of media or press freedom both electronic and printed can never be underrated, taking into account; demanding accountability, highlighting incompetence and crime, exposing corrupt practices to mention but a few.