Ghana improves position on 2024 World press freedom index, moves from 62nd to 50th

Ghana has improved its position in the 2024 World Press Freedom Index, climbing from 62nd in 2023 to 50th place, according to the President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Albert Kwabena Dwumfuor.

He announced the progress during the commemoration of World Press Freedom Day on May 3 in Koforidua, in the Eastern Region.

He said “The aggressive actions of the GJA to defend journalistic freedom have been instrumental in our rise in the rankings”.

He highlighted the blacklisting of political figures whose supporters attacked journalists and media outlets as one of the key strategies that contributed to the improvement.

Albert Dwumfuor stressed that challenges remain, including recent attacks on journalists and media outlets such as the petrol bomb attack on Class FM.

He condemned the attack describing as act of terrorism.

“That was clearly a terrorist act, and it’s a shame Ghana is fast degenerating into such a culture of barbarism,” he stated. “The GJA unreservedly condemns these attacks and calls on the Ghana Police Service to expedite investigations and prosecute the perpetrators.”

Despite these challenges, the GJA is committed to using journalism to address environmental issues like illegal mining, sanitation, and climate change.

This aligns with the global theme of World Press Freedom Day 2024, “Press for the Planet: Journalism in the face of the environmental crisis.”

“The GJA seeks to lead a strong media campaign for the protection of the environment and the good of the country,” said Dwumfuor.

He encouraged other journalists to join the fight against illegal small-scale mining, known as ‘galamsey,’ and focus on other environmental issues.

Albert Dwumfuor said GJA is working on initiatives with key institutions such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and called for further collaboration with stakeholders and security agencies.

“Our collective action yielded positive results in the past, and we aim to continue that momentum,” Dwumfuor added.

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