UNESCO and the Government of Ghana kicked off the countdown to World Press Freedom Day 2018 (3 May) during a widely attended media event yesterday at the Ghanaian Ministry of Information in Accra. With five weeks remaining, the Minister of Information Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid urged the media to participate in and support the global celebration of press freedom.
In a speech to a broad selection of local media, Mr Abdul-Hamid hailed the choice of Ghana to host the 25th edition of the main conference of World Press Freedom Day. “It speaks volumes about our own credentials as a country with regards to where we have come from in terms of freedom of the press”, the Minister stated. He reiterated the importance of a free and independent media in upholding the Rule of Law and building strong institutions. With reference to the adoption of a Right to Information (RTI) law in the country, Mr Abdul-Hamid said it will be passed into law before the end of the year.
Mr Tirso Dos Santos, Head of UNESCO Accra Office, provided further details on the upcoming celebrations, where close to 700 participants are expected to attend. “Accra and Ghana will be in the world’s spotlight,” Mr Dos Santos said. In his remarks, the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize was highlighted as well, of which the winner will be announced shortly.
Other key representatives at the launch included Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Deputy Minister of Information, Mr Affail Monney, President of the Ghana Journalists’ Association (GJA), and Mr Andrew Danso Anninkora, President of the Ghana Independent Broadcasters’ Association (GIBA).
The 25th edition of the main conference of World Press Freedom Day is set to take place on 2 and 3 May in Accra at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City. For more information about the event, please visit its dedicated website. To participate, please register here by 5 April.