Mr Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, Minister for Information

Government has congratulated all journalists in Ghana for their invaluable contribution to the country’s democratic credentials and rule of law as the world marked Press Freedom Day yesterday.

This year’s celebration was marked globally under the theme “Journalism without Fear or Favour”.

The theme focused on the significant role the Press is playing in the ongoing COVID-19 situation, and how they contribute to public education by providing verified information which helps in curbing the spread of the virus.

A statement issued in Accra yesterday and signed by the Minister for Information Mr Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah said government celebrate the significant role the Press is playing in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“Their reporting and publishing of information on preventive etiquette is contributing positively in this fight” he eulogized Ghanaian journalists.

Mr. Oppong-Nkrumah said the Akufo-Addo administration has been working closely with the media and other stakeholders in disseminating information and educating the public as part of a broader COVID-19 Government response.

“The Media, as the President in one of such engagements described, is an “invaluable ally” in the fight against COVID-19”

“We are hopeful that together, we will defeat this pandemic in the shortest possible time and continue with initiatives to make the media and broadcasting space increasingly productive”, the Minister for Information added.

The Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Audrey Azoulay, also in a statement indicated that “at a time when we are mired in worry and uncertainty because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, free information is essential to helping us face, understand, think about and overcome this crisis.

“We must consider the vital importance of information in this situation: informing the public means giving everyone the means of combatting the illness by adopting appropriate practices”.