Communications Specialist and a member of the National Media Commission (NMC) Dr. Doris Yaa Dartey has challenged Ghana’s position in Africa as the best country with Press Freedom.
According to her, the government is still able to influence the state-owned media not to talk of the others.
“I wonder to what extent we feel free because the government still has a hold of the state media. The government is still able to influence it to a certain extent. The content of the state media can be influenced”, she alleged.
“Even among us in the state-owned media, to what extent are we free? Are editors completely free? She quizzed in an interview with the state broadcaster, GBC.
Sharing her experience as a columnist with one of the national newspapers, she indicated that, both the government and its officials have been hunting to kill it.
“I have been writing a column in the Spectator Newspaper I call it the “Watchman column” for the past twelve years. Personally, I have been under attacks by politicians, by the government at different times during my twelve years of being a columnist because I wrote something somebody didn’t like”. Dr. Dartey said.
Responding to a question as to whether Ghana deserves the number one position in African as the nation with best press freedom she said: “I don’t think we fully deserve it. We should look within, are we that strong, I don’t think so. Ghana’s media is not that strong”. She observed.
“First of all the government should allow the media to be, even when we criticize them they should take it as constructive criticisms and not to quietly muscle the media” disclosing that things are quietly happening behind closed doors and urged the public to realize that; press freedom is also about citizen freedom.
According to the NMC member, when the media is not free, citizens of this country will also lose their freedom just like that.
“Journalists should stop chasing inconsequential news stories and refocus their attention to Ghana and pursue issues of national development “She counseled journalists.