Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has reaffirmed government’s commitment to creating a media-friendly and safe environment for journalists to freely practice their profession without fear of harm.
According to him, government through the Ministry of Information has set in motion a number of programmes that sees to the safety and welfare of journalists in the country and is frantically exploring additional measures that will deepen the frontiers of media freedom in the country.
“Since June 2019, the Ministry of Information working closely with the National Media Commission and other key actors in the media space initiated a number of interventions aimed at safeguarding media freedom in the country. One of such is the establishment of the Coordinated Mechanism on the Safety of Journalists,” the Minister said.
The Minister was responding to a question in Parliament posed by the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Madina Constituency, Francis-Xavier Kojo Sasu last Wednesday on the measures being put in place to safeguard media freedom in the country.
He said his Ministry, in addition to the Coordinated Mechanism on the Safety of Journalists has also rolled out the Media Capacity Enhancement Programme (MCEP) which is providing training for some 250 journalists on emerging issues in journalism as part of a support scheme for the sector which has been challenged in recent times.
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah also called on stakeholders within the space to see to it that the programmes being executed are functioning fully as it is one the surest ways of safeguarding the country’s press freedom.