Internet shutdown is not an option for Ghana – Communications Minister declared

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The Minister of Communications Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful, on Friday debunked assertions on some media houses that internet will shutdown in Ghana, all social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others.

The Minister stated categorically that, Internet shutdown is not an option for Ghana. She therefore, urged all well meaning Ghanaians to disregard the report and treat it as fake news, which only existed in the flimsy imagination of persons making the allegation.

Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful, the Minister of Communications, while addressing the media at the 8th Annual Freedom Online Conference at Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC) in Accra, pointed out that the issue of Internet shutdown had been a problem with a rising frequency which is taking place in many countries and a range of ideas from different stakeholders on how to address it. She said, “So the Ministry is working hard to put in place good measures not to shutting down the networking sites.

In the context of content moderation online, The Minister explained that the drafting of a new Cyber security Bill by the Government of Ghana is expected to address gaps in the legal framework.

However, She said government is commitment to human rights online, albeit with many participants raising concerns that similar legislation in other States has led to restrictions on freedom of expression.

At the 8th Annual Freedom Online Conference, there was also a child online protection session which addressed emerging issues such as online grooming and live streaming and the risks of legitimate materials that will take care of the internet by automated processes through organizations.

The three day conference addressed some of the issues of internet freedom that plagues. The participants also developed significant pathways aimed at ensuring a rights-respecting framework for internet freedom.

Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful, the Minister of Communications reiterated her profound gratitude to all FOC governments, the support Unit, the friends of the Chair as well as the FOC Advisory Network and the staff of the National Cyber Security Center for the good work in organizing the event.

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