Story By: Jennifer Amoah
After 2 days of celebrating the liberation of the press, World Press Freedom Day, Ghana edition, comes to a splendid end.
A closing ceremony organised to mark the success of the event recorded the attendance of over 900 registered journalists. An adoption of the Accra Declaration Draft which confirms the commitment of all practicing journalists to the course of fighting for and keeping the freedom of the press was made.
The draft was spearheaded by a committee headed by Mr. Kwame Karikari, Dean of Communication Studies at the Winsconsin International University.
In a closing remark given by the Hon. Mustapha Hameed, Minister of Information, he reitereated Ghana’s undying commitment to press freedom. He said, “A democratic society is impossible without media pluralism…”
This year’s World Press Freedom day was attended by 400 registered Ghanaian journalists; a show of Ghana commitment to press liberation.
In a statistics recorded, the 2-day programme was covered by 350 radio stations and 45 active newspapers. It was also extensively covered by the 2018 UNESCO Youth Newsroom; a mixture of highly dedicated students from about 10 different countries wordwide.
As a symbol of handing over the baton, Ghana presented UNESCO with a ‘Gong-gong’; standing for the propagation of communication.
A rich display of Ghanaian culture it was and there indeed was the aura and warmth of the Ghanaian hospitality; an assurance that everyone will go back home with a piece of Ghana forever in their hearts. Long live World Press Freedom Day!!