Press freedom: ASEPA disappointed in Oppong Nkrumah over Ghana’s poor ranking

The Executive Director of Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA), Mensah Thompson, says he is disappointed in the information minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah for Ghana’s lowest ranking in Press freedom.

According to Thompson, he was expecting the minister who was once a journalist to fight for the welfare of journalists rather than rubbishing the factors that caused the low ranking.

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah is Information Minister

Ghana has been ranked 60th in the world from an initial 30th position. The annual report by Reporters Without Borders’ 2022 World Press Freedom Index saw the country’s lowest score ever in nearly two decades.

The Information Ministry in a statement issued said it welcomes the RSF report as a baseline reference document against which press freedom in the country may be gauged in the coming years.

Government has attributed Ghana’s poor ranking to a change in the methodology.

Mensah Thompson speaking on Dwaboase added that President Akufo-Addo as a former Human Rights lawyer must also be blamed for refusing to fight for fundamental human rights.

“As someone who prides himself as a human rights advocate, the country shouldn’t be scoring this low in terms of freedom of the media, ” he expressed disappointment.



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