By: Jennifer Frimpong Wiredu
The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, GBC, has been recognised for its role in championing development through its content in meeting the socio-cultural aspirations of societies.
In a citation to confer the recognition in Accra, the Right to Information Commission noted that the GBC has blazed the trail not only in complimenting it’s work, but has actualised it vision of being the authentic and trustworthy voice of Ghana.
This was at a lecture to observe International Day For Universal Access to Information.
Information plays a crucial role in any society. It helps to debank lies and disinformation. It undermines hate speech and promotes intercultural understanding, transparency and accountability.
In order to protect and promote access to information as a fundamental human right, the United Nations designated 28th September as International Day for Universal Access to Information.
This year’s day focuses on the challenges and opportunities in accessing information in a digital world. The lecture under the auspices of the Right to Information Commission which coincided with the day provided an opportunity for stakeholders to explore means of making information easily accessible.
The day also marked the climax of the Right to Information Commission’s Week celebration.
Executive Secretary of the Right to Information Commission, Yaw Sarpong Boateng in a remark gave details of its work and urged stakeholders to support it to achieve its goals.
A Representative from the Information Ministry, Madam Nafisa Mahama said, ”the Ministry is working assiduously to make sure information is accessible’.
The Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Minister for Justice Diana Asonaba Dapaah said artificial intelligence and E-Governance help to tackle corruption, but notes some challenges are rife.
The theme for the RTI Week is “Artificial Intelligence, E-Governance and access to information.”