On May 3 this year, the global community, gathered to celebrate the World Press Freedom Day. On this day every year since 1993, the world celebrates fundamental principles of press freedom, evaluate press freedom around the world, defend media from attacks on their independence, and pay tribute to journalists, who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Few days after the celebration, a government that prides itself of respecting and upholding the right and freedom of the press in a gestapo style, stormed two radio stations with armed police personnel to close down the stations.
The National Communication Authourity (NCA) on Thursday May 9, shut down Radio Gold and Radio XYZ, for operating without valid authorization for 19 years and three years respectively.
The shutdown, took place at the time these two stations were carrying live broadcast, the press conference of the elders of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Timing is very important in everything we do. Granted that these two stations are in violation of any law, NCA, should not have used this highhandedness in dealing a blow to them at the time they were rendering a service to the opposition political party.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP), should know that, no government can serve its people well, without opposition. The opposition media is there to provide the check and balances needed for effective governance.
The government is enjoined to take special note of the message of the General Secretary of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres, who said ““No democracy is complete without access to transparent and reliable information. It is the cornerstone for building fair and impartial institutions, holding leaders accountable and speaking truth to power.”
This newspaper is sadden to note that, in recent times, much harm has come the way of Ghanaian Journalists since 2017, some have been killed, threatened, beaten, harassed, for trying to expose corruption, fraud and other illegalities committed against the people.
The most prominent was the killing of Ahmed Hussein Suale, an undercover journalist with the Tiger Eye PI.
Ahmed was shot by some unknown assailants on motorbike, on his way home to attend to his sick child.
Till date, the killers are still at large and yet the state cannot employ the force it used to close down the two radio stations to find the killers of Ahmed Suale.
Time will judge us all.