Dr Esther Ofei-Aboagye, the Governing Chairperson of Star Ghana Foundation (SGF), on Tuesday, expressed worry about the recent attacks on Journalists from almost every angle in society and described the phenomenon as disheartening.
She empathized with the affected Journalists and urged members in the media fraternity not to be intimidated by the wanton harassments that was coming against them in recent times.
She called on state institutions responsible for protecting Journalists to strengthen their protective instruments to ensure that the media was free from heckles and allowed to operate as the fourth estate of the realm.
Dr Offei-Aboagye expressed her worry when spoke at the opening of a three-day for partners funded by SGF to share their experiences, learn lessons and improve on areas that were weak and repair them for onward maximization of outcomes of their project activities.
The meeting, which is on the theme: “Civil society and the fight against corruption; successes, emerging lessons and good practices”, will give the participants the opportunity to share the outcomes of some of their activities and to fine-tune areas that need improvement, and harness achievable areas to derive maximum outputs.
The partners are working with Star Ghana Foundation to reduce corruption in state and non-state institutions in the country.
Dr Offei-Aboagye expressed confidence for a successful meeting and was hopeful in the competence of the implementers to spearhead good discussions to arrive at positive results.
Mr Ibrahim-Tanko Amidu, the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Star Ghana Foundation said corruption had threw off hope and trust the citizenry had in the very structures established to manage systems of development.
He said corruption had also not been a menace but had also disintegrated and weakened the system.
He indicated that an untrusted system had its own problems in directly or indirectly affecting the citizens from positively developing themselves in areas of interests especially those who were in the rural areas and usually most affected.
Mr Amidu said the Foundation’s plan was therefore to partner several institutions and civil society organizations to monitor, educate and build interest of the citizens to respond to corruption and its related issues through their activities.
The meeting would allow partners to freely share their experiences, assess their strengths and weaknesses.