Free flow of information or in other words, availability and access to information, as well as media freedom are key to the practice of democracy. Media freedom and free speech is real opportunity that works to build positive peace and inclusive society for a sustainable development. In 2018, Ghana was the number one African nation on the World Press Freedom Index. In 2020, Ghana dropped to third place after Namibia and Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) in the African region and 30th in the world. This is mainly because of lack of protection for journalists and increasing threats against the media and individual citizens. In this episode of CEBSAR TALK, we unpack the current state of free speech and media freedom in Ghana.
The session will consider views on the roles of the two regulatory agencies: National Media Commission (NMC) and National Communication Authority (NCA), and the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) code of ethics on media freedom and free speech in Ghana. Further, it will touch on views on public access to information in Ghana and contents that can aid build a better society. Finally, the session will consider proposals for strengthening relevant national institutions for building capacity and promoting media freedom and free speech in Ghana.
The session will be hosted by Mr. Evans Appiah Kissi, the regular host of the program and a doctoral researcher at the University of Kassel in Germany. The panel will comprise Prof. Enoch Opoku Antwi, an Associate Professor of Leadership and Management at Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wisconsin in the United States of America, and Mr. Evans Badu Boampong, vice president at the Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovations (ILAPI)- Ghana. The session will be live on Facebook, available on YouTube, Twitter, CEBSAR-AFRICA and AK Mensah’s social media platforms.
Dates and time: Saturday 27th February 2021 at 4pm GMT.
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