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World Press Freedom Day: Gov't committed to deepening free expression

BY: Graphic Online
Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah
Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

The government has reiterated its commitment to supporting measures that deepen the frontiers of free expression in the advancement of Ghana's democracy.

In a statement, signed and issued by the Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah on the occasion of the 2019 World Press Freedom Day, the government said it was in the process of implementing a Media Capacity Enhancement Programme (MCEP) to help 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," the statement said.

Below is a full copy of the statement

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

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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.