By:Eugene Agyei Brown
Ghana’s Minister of Information, Dr. Mustapha Hamid has asked journalists and media owners be careful with the kind of reportage they put out to the public, in this way, they will not sacrifice the ‘future of their societies for tomorrow’s headlines.’
Delivering the welcome address at the opening ceremony of the 25th World Press Freedom Day celebration in Accra Wednesday, May 2, the minister emphasized the importance of the media in building stronger nations.
Dr. Mustapha said there is a serious risk of deliberate misinformation campaigns by the media and that can disrupt peaceful democracies. He advised that free press should not make journalists misinform the public on government policies.
He said Ghana has achieved a lot as a result of free press.
“Today, Ghana stands tall as a healthy vigorous democracy, one which has challenged the known theories of fighting poverty and made strides in investing in education, healthcare and so many crucial interventions,” Dr. Hamid said. “These strides are not made by the political class. Indeed, two instruments that have given us the space and the opportunity to contribute to the current status of the Ghanaian story is the right to freedom of expression and press freedom.”
While at it, the minister also encouraged media owners to build the capacity of their journalists so that they can do good reporting.
The world Press Freedom Day is celebrated May 3 every year to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
This year’s celebration is under theme, keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and Rule of Law.