Delegation of the European Union to Ghana

European Union Delegation, Ghana Joins the Media to Celebrate World Press Freedom Day in Accra

04/05/2017 - 14:24
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The European Union (EU) on 3 May 2017 joined the rest of the world to celebrate World Press Freedom Day. It was under the theme "Critical Minds for Critical Times". In Ghana the event was marked with a public lecture organised by the Ghana Journalist Association in collaboration with UNESCO, the European Union and other organisations themed "Media's Role in Advancing Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies".

EU joins media in Ghana to celebrate World Press Freedom Day in Accra

The topic for the forum was "Ghana still in search of Rights to Information (RTI) Law and the Broadcasting Law: Is Parliament in a Dilemma?"

The event was attended by the Minister of Information, Mr. Hamid Mustapha, his two deputy Ministers, Mr. Perry Okudzeto and Mr. Kojo Opong Nkrumah, Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament, Ms. Sarah Adwoa Safo, Minority Leader in Parliament, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, The Heads of Media organisations and Media Houses and journalists. It was chaired by the Chairman of the National Media Commission, Nana Kwesi Gyan Apenteng.


EU in Ghana joins the media to celebrate World Press Freedom Day
Ambassador Hanna delivering an address to mark World Press Freedom Day

The United Nations Coordinator in Ghana read a message by the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr. Orina Bokova, to mark the Day, while the EU Ambassador in Ghana, Mr. William Hanna, also highlighted on the message by the EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini on behalf of the EU to mark the occasion.

Ambassador Hanna stressed the resolve and determination by the EU to promote freedom of opinion and expression as a right to be exercised by everyone everywhere, based on the principles of equality, non-discrimination and universality, through the media and regardless of frontiers.

He also informed the media about Europe Week celebrations in Ghana from 3 May to 9 May, Europe Day, recounting that as Ghana celebrates 60 years of its independence this year, the European Union was also celebrating 60 years of the Rome Treaties, and taking stock of its activities for a better future.


Hoisting of flags to mark World Press Freedom Day in Ghana
Hoisting of flags to mark World Press Freedom Day in Ghana

A Human Rights Advocate, a representative of the Coalition on the Right to Information Bill, Ms. Mina Mensah, called on the Executive and Parliament to make good their promise to pass the Bill once it is laid before parliament, indicating that there is a dilemma in parliament as to the passage of the Bill.  Both the Majority and Minority leaders at the event refuted the issue of a dilemma, stressing their willingness and resolve to pass the Bill as soon as it is laid.

The dignitaries together hoisted the flags of Ghana, the European Union and the United Nations, to mark the World Press Freedom Day.

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