As the world marks World Press Freedom Day, former President John Dramani Mahama has called on President Akufo Addo and his close associates to ensure Ghanaians are free to express their views about the government. According to the former president, there is a need for government to create an environment that is tolerant of criticism and intimidation.
This he believes would ensure the Ghanaian media, Civil Society Organizations, and individuals feel free to express their views on national issues.
In a post sighted by Newsghana24 on the former President’s Facebook page, he said.
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Create an atmosphere of tolerance devoid of intimidation
“I want to encourage President Nana Akufo-Addo and his close associates to seize the occasion to create an atmosphere that is more tolerant of criticism and devoid of intimidation in order for the media, CSOs, and individuals to freely express themselves and contribute to national discourse.”
The theme for World Press Day 2021 is “Information as a Public Good” . The day has its origins in a UNESCO conference in Windhoek in 1991. The event ended on 3 May with the adoption of the landmark Windhoek. Hence the Press Freedom Day is held each year on 3rd May.