Ghana ranked top in Africa for press freedom


Ghana ranked first in Africa in 2009 and 27th across the world as the country that tolerates media freedom, according to the Reporteur Sans Frontiers (RSF). The organization said journalists go about their duties without any hindrance from the government.

The Minister of Information John Tia Akologu promised that the government is committed to passing the Freedom of Information law, because the constitution of Ghana guarantees the people, freedom of information.
“When the Right to Information Bill is passed into law, it would inspire media practitioners to qualitative journalism and spur the media in Ghana to even greater heights that promote truth, good governance, freedom, justice, peace, and democracy, he said.”

The chairman of the National Media Commission (NMC), Kabral Blay-Amihere, said Ghana could lose her number one position as a press freedom country if the high standards set were not maintained.
“We are happy and proud of this report about Ghana being ranked no. 1 in Africa on Media Freedom. I feel particularly good about the contributions we were able to make in this achievement, through the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) in the framework of the West Africa Human Rights and Democratization Program jointly implemented by IBIS, FOSDA, MFWA and WANEP,” he said in a Ghanaian Times report.