Ghana’s Poor Media Freedom Ranking Needs Holistic Touching – Affail Monney
The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) desires more agreement approach while handling Ghana’s poor rating on the global press freedom ranking.
The President of the GJA Roland Affail Monney, think accusing of stakeholders in the media space will not commit to the conversation of Ghana’s press freedom recommendation.
Mr. Monney said, “he thinks when we were declared the best in Africa, all of us received the credit. So he thinks collectively we should work towards addressing the issues raised in the report. We will be hesitant to point accusing fingers at one institution alone.”
Ghana has been ranked 60th in the world on the press freedom ranking released by the Reporters Without Borders, from an initial 30th position.
Ghana has also recorded its worst ranking on the African continent this year, moving from 3rd to 10th in Africa.
This is Ghana’s lowest ever ranking in almost two decades after it ranked 66th and 67th in 2005 and 2002, respectively.
The latest report is out of 180 countries assessed, with Ghana recording a decline in its indicative points from 78.67 percent to 67.43 compared to last year.
Also, Mr. Monney added that government and journalists should also support changing the negative narrative than blaming security agencies for failing to protect the lives of media practitioners in the country.
Finally, he said, “he believes that we know the high-handedness of the security agencies and arresting some journalists but media must push against these infractions because it doesn’t take the government alone.”