MFWA not in favour of Government interference

Accra- The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said as a champion of media independence and freedom of expression it does not support any government’s interference in the work of the media.

It also did not co-produce the ‘2018 Afro Barometer Report’, which indicates in part that the public confidence in the media is waning and that majority of Ghanaians are of the view that the government should have the right to prevent the publication of certain kinds of information.

The MFWA in a statement, said its Programme Officer for Freedom of Expression, Mr. Muheeb Saeed, only cited that portion of the Afro Barometer Report at this year’s ‘International Day to end impunity and crimes against journalists’, to encourage journalists to demonstrate high standards of professionalism and to put the public interest at the heart of everything that they did to win back public confidence.

This was because the media needed the public support to win the fight against impunity, it added.

The statement said one incident of arbitrary arrest and detention had been recorded in Ghana in 2019 and this involved the two journalists from ModernGhana.com.

Source: Ghana News Agency