World Press Freedom Day: We Must Condemn Closure of Radio Stations under Current Gov’t – Mahama
Mahama said “We have unfortunately lost this priceless status that made all of us very proud"
Former President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama has called on Ghanaians to condemn the closure of radio stations by the Akufo-Addo government, as the world marked World Press Freedom on Sunday, May 3, 2020.
“Let us rise up and speak against the dictatorial withdrawal of radio frequencies and closure of radio stations by the government of Nana Akufo-Addo,” the former President said in a statement.
Comparing the performance of the media under his tenure to President Nana Addo’s, John Mahama argued that, Ghana going seven places down on the global rankings, shows the current government’s intolerance towards the media’s freedom.
“We have unfortunately lost this priceless status that made all of us very proud. This should worry us- not only journalists and media owners but all of us, as citizens and as Ghanaians,” Mr Mahama said.
The former President further pointed out that “just as the press performs a civic service to all of us, we [Ghanaians] also have a civic duty towards it- namely, to always defend and be ready to fight for the freedom of the press.”
Reporters Without Borders, in its ranking released in 2019 saw Ghana losing its spot as one of the best-ranked countries for press freedom.
The drop was attributed mainly to the murder of investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale earlier in 2019.
Globally, the country dropped from 23 in 2018 to 27 in 2019.