In a gesture of solidarity by an African news organization, Allied News Ltd of Ghana made a symbolic contribution to the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC). This was announced yesterday by Peter Ankomah, Deputy Editor of The Daily Dispatch – a newspaper in the Allied News Ltd stable.
Ankomah made the announcement during the ongoing IPDC Bureau meeting at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
He explained: “We recognize the importance of the IPDC in building journalists’ capacity in elections reporting. We thus consider our contribution as part of our effort at building a partnership with the Programme”.
He added that the IPDC had enormous capacity to “influence politicians and policy-makers” on matters of freedom of expression, access to information and the safety of journalists.
Which is why Ankomah called upon the IPDC to urge its African Member States, including Ghana, to enact a Freedom of Information law, as a way of acceding to the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption.
Such a move, he explained, would open up government data and ensure journalists were protected from political pressures associated with reporting on sensitive issues.
Acknowledging this contribution, IPDC Chairperson, Albana Shala, thanked Ankomah, saying that the contribution by Allied News Ltd was facilitated by the Ghanaian Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, HE Johanna Odonkor Svanikier .
She said: “This contribution gives the much-needed visibility to the IPDC. Indeed, every contribution helps to sustain this unique inter-governmental programme”.
The IPDC Bureau meeting will conclude later today, after considering such other issues as the IPDC’s niche in the wider media development environment as well as responding to strategic gender issues in programme implementation.
Mr Ankomah shared with the Bureau meeting of the IPDC the role of his media organization in opinion research and their reportage had contributed to the success of Ghana’s elections.