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03.05.2019 General News

World Press Freedom Day: Gov’t To Introduce Mechanisms To Protect Journalists---Oppong Nkrumah

By Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
World Press Freedom Day: Gov’t To Introduce Mechanisms To Protect Journalists---Oppong Nkrumah
MAY 3, 2019 GENERAL NEWS

The Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah says government is coordinating mechanism on the safety of journalists before July.

This, he said, in a statement is for the endless contribution of the local media to building the nation.

The world celebrates Press Freedom Day today.

The day has been set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This year’s celebration is being marked in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on the theme “Media for Democracy, Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation.”

Government whiles commending the media for their efforts have also assured that they are in the process of implementing a Media Capacity Enhancement Programme (MCEP) to boost the capacity of media practitioners in the delivery of their mandate.

The statement concludes by stating that; “The Government of Ghana reiterates its commitment to supporting measures that deepen the frontiers of free expression in the advancement of our democracy”.

Below is the full statement:

GOVERNMENT STATEMENT ON THE OCCASION OF THE 2019 WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

As the world commemorates World Press Freedom Day today, the Government of Ghana congratulates the Media and Journalists for their contribution to nation building.

This year’s celebration is being marked in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on the theme “Media for Democracy, Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation.”

In Ghana, Government is in the process of implementing a Media Capacity Enhancement Programme (MCEP) to boost the capacity of media practitioners in the delivery of their mandate.

The protection of media practitioners is also to witness a boost with the introduction of a Coordinating Mechanism on the Safety of Journalists before July.

Finally, this year's theme acknowledges the risk of disinformation and thus admonishes an adherence to factual reportage always.

The Government of Ghana reiterates its commitment to supporting measures that deepen the frontiers of free expression in the advancement of our democracy.

Signed,

KOJO OPPONG NKRUMAH (MP) MINISTER

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