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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

I Feel the Degrading in Ghana’s Press Fredom Status; We Can all Smell it- Joe Jackson

A Financial Analyst, Mr Joe Jackson has argued that Ghana’s position on the latest Press Freedom Index cannot be swept under the carpet or treated as a mere perception without merit.

Speaking in a newspaper review programme on TV3 on Wednesday, Mr Jackson revealed that he feels the deterioration in Ghana’s press freedom.

“I am not a journalist or to broaden the scope, I may say I’m part of the profession. But I just know that I feel what was a degrading of our [press freedom] status. It maybe anecdotal but I feel it. We can all smell it. It’s everywhere”, Mr Jackson stated.

In recent times, concerns have been raised by several well-meaning Ghanaians, particularly the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) about the arrest and intimidation of some journalists who have been very critical of government.

Consequently, the country’s performance on the Press Freedom Index has been on the downward spiral in the last three years.

Critics say this lays credence to the perceived attack on press freedom by the government, leading to a gradual return of what has been described as “culture of silence”.

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