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NMC Chair addresses journalists: Your rights are not more essential than others.

The Chairman of the National Media Commission (NMC), Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo, has urged journalists to be cautious in their work.

He stated that while journalists have the right to be free in the course of their work, they must also guarantee that the rights of the persons they report on are respected.
He said journalists must be let to perform their jobs without hindrance during the World Press Freedom Day in Accra.

“Anyone of us has the right to speak whatever we choose, and no one should stop us.” But, after we’ve stated what we want to say, if it offends other people’s sensitivity or sensibility, we must compensate them because our right is no more essential than anyone else’s,” he remarked.

Ghana was rated 60th in the current Journalists Without Borders press freedom survey, with a score of 67.43.

According to the research, the government’s intolerance led journalists to engage in extensive self-censorship in the course of their employment.

“Although the country is considered a regional leader in democratic stability, journalists have experienced growing pressures in recent years. To protect their jobs and their security, they increasingly resort to self-censorship, as the government shows itself intolerant of criticism,” the World Press Freedom indicated in its latest ranking released May 3,2022. However, the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the low ranking of Ghana is due to a change in methodology.

The Information Minister welcomed the RSF report as a baseline reference document against which the country’s press freedom may be measured in the following years, according to a statement sent to the media.

The government statement, on the other hand, focused primarily on RSF’s approach in the ranking, claiming that the shift in methodology accounted for a substantial portion of the reduction.

It noted a dip in rating for a number of nations, including the Netherlands, which fell from fifth place in the worldwide ranking in 2021 to 28th place in 2022.

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