Former President John Mahama wants President Akufo-Addo to consider a more tolerant system for the media to freely undertake their watchdog role in the country.
In a message on World Press Freedom Day, marked annually on May 3, Mr. Mahama said: “I want to encourage President Nana Akufo-Addo and his close associates to seize the occasion to create an atmosphere that is more tolerant of criticism and devoid of intimidation in order for the media, CSOs and individuals to freely express themselves and contribute to national discourse.”
There have been reported cases of attacks on journalists in Ghana. Popular investigative journalists have either been physically attacked or threatened by individuals perceived to be supporters of the ruling New Patriotic Party.
The Police are yet to provide any concrete findings of their investigations into the murder of investigative journalist Ahmed Suale, an associate of Anas Aremeyaw Anas barely three years of his murder.
Other practitioners including Manasseh Azure Awuni have reported intimidation and threats on their lives.
However, the government has rebuffed claims of the insecurity of media personnel in the country.
The United Nations Secretary-General on Monday urged governments to “do everything in their power” to support free, independent and diverse media, which the UN’s top human rights official highlighted as “a cornerstone of democratic societies”.