Over 200 people comprising of journalists, human rights activists and representatives of international agencies, have arrived in Ghana to celebrate the 25th World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) this year, being hosted in Ghana.
The main events, jointly organized by UNESCO and the Government of Ghana, are slated for May 2nd and 3rd.
This year’s global theme is ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law,’ and will cover issues of media and the transparency of the political process, the independence and media literacy of the judicial system, and the accountability of state institutions towards the public.
Ms Munira Kari, Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Information speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said many media practitioners from local and international would be participating in the programme.
“We are still registering people and by evening majority of them would have arrived. I am aware many arrived this morning and they are sorting themselves out before coming here to officially register,” she said.
Mr Koami Mawukoenya Elom Domegni, an investigative journalist with Justice Info in Togo, told GNA in an interview that the programme would be a platform to share ideas with other investigative journalists on how to report on difficult issues.
“The press freedom in Togo is very harsh and this is hampering our operations. Our leaders must know that if we gag the media there will be no news.
“Such forum is used to recognize the toil journalists go through to the extent of getting injured while other get killed,” he said.
A statement signed by Mr Affail Monney, President of the Ghana Journalist Association, welcomed all delegates to the WPFD which commenced with a Vigil and a welcome reception at the International Press Centre on May 1.
The Vigil was used as an occasion to remember journalists who had died in the line of duty across the world.