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Democracy & Press Freedom – JoyNews Editorial (12-7-19)



today's editorial is on our democracy and press freedom we cannot pretend that all is well without democracy Ghana's democracy is seriously threatened and we must face the stark reality and address it I'll get ready to sing the doomsday dirge and follow the pallbearers when they carry the last living being of a democracy to the grief I'm talking about increasing hostilities against journalists and the threat to the lives of journalists Ghana's democracy has not born the needed fruits for nearly three decades of uninterrupted democracy we have not been able to solve the most basic of our problems we've not been able to address our sanitation challenges our drainage problems are are worsening and when it rains floods kill people and destroy property portable drinking water remains and luxury for some ghanians patients still die in hospitals because there are no beds and other basic consumables some school children still study under trees while others die under the falling walls of weak school buildings corruption remains an industry with a sustained and predictable growth rate a graduate who completes university is today more hopeless about getting a job than in 1993 when we acid in our current democratic dispensation the rule of law is a cardinal principle of democracy but in Ghana today laws are not enforced and the average person who walks into a police station after being violated cannot be assured of justice in all of this however you've taken solace in the fact that we can speak freely that is what separates us from despotic regimes unfortunately however this free speech has been threatened On January 16 this year a journalist was a number of journalists have witness attacks in recent times a number of radio stations were shut down in a move that was suspicious two weeks ago gun wielding operatives of the National Security raided the offices of modern Ghana dot-com seized their forms computers and other working tools and arrested two journalists who were allegedly tortured while in custody for more than 48 hours till date the two have not been charged with any crime what is scary about the current trend is that the involvement of state actors ironically this is happening in the regime of a president whose claim to fame is his belief in the tenets of democracy such as free speech and the rule of law mr. president if you yet to realize the sad spectacle in the media then I want to tell you that journalists in Ghana today feel more threatened than any other time in the Fourth Republic we've made progress and we cannot afford to go back to the dark days of our culture free speech and a free media at the last pillars on which our weak democracy stands if those pillars are broken then we are descending into something else we cannot afford to go there

3 Comments

  1. Romay
    Romay July 14, 2019

    Individual accountability is not part of your democracy, you cannot blame one president for these things. Some of you journalist are part of these issues. You don't do proper root cause analysis before broadcasting. Hear say, hear report, hear and defend colleagues are your norms. Are you blaming a particular gov't for lack of proper healthcare , education, transport, housing facilities in Gh since 60 plus years of independence ?. This article that you took airtime to read, is it about journalist telling gov't to provide these basic things for life, or journalist are being killed and arressted because they asked gov't to provide these things?
    Your introduction was good but coming to the middle your article, its mixture lacks sense and understanding my dear.

  2. Salim Yunus
    Salim Yunus July 14, 2019

    Well spoke God bless you my sister truly

  3. Nana Amponsah
    Nana Amponsah July 14, 2019

    Well spoken my sister. The truth is hard to take

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