Ghana Marks World Press Freedom Day 2015

Accra, May 5, 2015 – A symposium and flag raising ceremony has been held to mark World Press Freedom Day. The event was chaired by Ambassador Kabral Blay-Amihere, chairman of the National Media Commission. Also in attendance were the Minister for Communication, the president, executives and members of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), the Director General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation and representatives from UNIC and UNESCO.

Minister for Communication

Minister for Communication

The Communications Minister, Hon. Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, expressed concern over the activities of citizen journalists who publish unconfirmed reports on social media and reputable media houses who carry these unverified stories. He assured the gathering that cyber activities will be monitored to ensure that rights and responsibilities are respected in Ghana’s cyber space.

Ms. Ajoa Yeboah-Afari, Chairperson of Editors Forum, Ghana bemoaned the dwindling circulation of print media in the wake of social media. She remarked that the low patronage is not to be blamed on the cost of newspapers.  Instead poor content could dissuade readers from buying newspapers, she noted.  She therefore urged editors to provide patrons their monies’ worth.

Hoisting of flags

Hoisting of flags

The UN Secretary-General’s message to mark the day was presented by the National Information Officer of UNIC, Ms Cynthia Prah on behalf of the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Christine Evans-Klock. Carl Ampah of UNESCO presented a joint message of the UN Secretary-General, UNESCO Director General and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The program was crowned with a ceremonial flag-raising ceremony at which time the flag of Ghana, GJA and the UN were hoisted.