By: Rebecca Ekpe
The right to seek Freedom of Expression, Access to Information and the Safety of Journalists are our Hallmark, says the Ghana Journalists Association, GJA, President, Albert Dwumfour and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO’s Head of Office and Representative in Ghana, Abdourahamane Diallo.
Both shared these sentiments at UNESCO’s Offices in Accra, during a visit by the Executives of the GJA.
The meeting afforded both parties the opportunity to speak to some of the collaborations GJA has had with UNESCO and discuss further partnership within the media ecosystem.
Mr. Hamid Yakub, Programs Specialist, UNESCO spoke of the positive collaboration GJA has had with UNESCO over the years with the Highlight being the celebration of World Press Freedom Day, WPFD.
He gave credit particularly to the event held in 2018 when Ghana hosted the World Press Freedom Day, and said ‘’collaboration in such a direction is very important, where we want to see GJA hold such events by themselves, ownership and that is indeed commendable’’, Mr. Hamid indicated.
The GJA President was grateful to UNESCO for supporting Press Freedom, Safety of Journalists and promoting Access to information, declaring that ‘’the yet to be launched Media Defence Fund is a pointer to the fact that the Association is poised to continue the trajectory of working to support the Freedom of Expression as enshrined in Chapter 12 of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution’’.
Mr. Diallo congratulated the leadership of the GJA and encouraged them to work as a unit to uphold Press Freedom and Professionalism on the media landscape.