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Gov’t sets up office to protect journalists (Photos)

The government has opened an office for the Coordinated Mechanism on the Safety of Journalists at a ceremony in Accra.

The office will be operated by the National Media Commission.

It was opened by Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah in commemoration of 2021 World Press Freedom.

The office becomes the official source for filing complaints of attacks on journalists, validating alleged attacks, following up on investigations and sanctions; and reporting on the safety of journalists.

Gov't opens office to protect journalists

Cabinet approved the framework for the office in 2020 after the Ministry of Information submitted a memo to that effect.

The National Media Commission (NMC) shall be the independent operator of the office, as part of its efforts to promote safety in the industry.

Mr Oppong Nkrumah urged journalists to take advantage of the facility in addressing pressing issues on their safety.

He said it was the big wish of the government that the facility and its operations grow beyond what it is today and be replicated in other regions.

Gov't opens office to protect journalists

He thanked “all those who have walked the journey in making this office a reality”.

“This is part of the many layers of work the government wants to do to ensure free media operate in Ghana,” he added.

He said the office was an additional layer, aside from many other interventions, to demonstrate the government’s commitment to press freedom and safety of journalists.

Gov't opens office to protect journalists

“It is the reason I cannot agree that there is a culture of silence in Ghana because the government is committed to the culture of free media in Ghana,” he said.

He also called on the NMC to be professional and independent on matters that come before the office.

”If you do it well, other countries going through same challenges will come and learn from you”, he said.

”Complaints can be made at the office through phone calls, personal submissions and in the future, there are plans to introduce an online service,” he stated.

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