An aide to former president John Mahama has discounted claims by President Akufo-Addo that the freedom of the media is thriving under his watch.
Felix Kwakye Ofosu, a former Deputy Minister for Communication said Akufo-Addo has watched on as media freedom is being attacked.
“If President Akufo-Addo says media freedom is thriving under his government, then he is lying to the people of Ghana, ” Kwakye Ofosu noted on the Gumbe show hosted by Mugabe Maase on TV XYZ.
He also emphasised that assertive journalists are being gagged by the government.
“It is not true that journalists are enjoying freedom of speech. I was a deputy Communication Minister in President Mahama’s government, and I dealt with a lot of journalists. Journalists are not hounding the Akufo-Addo Government as they did to the Mahama administration. The media are not doing a little fraction of that to Nana Akufo-Addo,” Kwakye Ofosu argued.
He went on, “Today, Journalists are the ones who are rather protecting Akufo-Addo’s Government. They won’t criticise his administration until we mount pressure on them, ” he stated and explained pressmen are doing so to avert persecution from the government.
Kwakye Ofosu’s assertions come on the back of Akufo-Addo’s praise-singing speech that media freedom had improved under his regime on Tuesday while addressing Ghanaian Muslims to commemorate Eid-ul-Adha.
What Did Akufo-Addo Say?
President Akufo-Addo said his unflinching support to free media remains unquestionable, stressing his commitment was evidenced by the atmosphere of free speech prevailing in the country.
According to Graphic, However, the President said, however, in the midst of the freedoms, “it was incumbent on all to be measured in whatever they put out because ‘words could be as incendiary as guns”.
But Kwakye Ofosu has challenged the position of Akufo-Addo, saying Akufo-Addo is a walking contradiction because there is a complete mismatch between his words and his measurable actions.
“It is only under President Akufo-Addo that opposition radio stations have been shut down for criticising the government. Under the 4th Republic, Preident Akufo-Addo is the only head of state that has done this. Even during the Acheampong and Rawlings regimes that were characterised by military rule, we did not see some of these things,” he told host Mugabe Maase and cited the Gestapo shut down of Radio XYZ and Gold.