…As Ghana Marks World Press Freedom Day
Dr. Clement Apaak, Member of Parliament for Builsa South, has congratulated all practitioners in the media across the country and the world for their invaluable service to humanity as they celebrate the World Press Freedom Day.
In a press statement, the Builsa South legislator also hailed all Ghanaians on the occasion and said that the freedom of the press also,”connotes the freedom of individuals to partake in the governance of the country, discuss issues and freely give expression to their dreams and aspiration within the ambiance of the law.”
He noted that the celebration of the World Press Freedom Day was another indication of the prime place the media occupy in the society “because it is not all professions that have a day set aside internationally to celebrate their contributions to society.”
Dr. Apaak said that to further underscore the importance of the press in nation-building, our constitution granted some responsibilities and specific freedom to the press in Article 21 of the 1992 Constitution.
“This special Constitutional and institutional recognitions bestow on the press a sacred duty and responsibility to be fair to all, to adhere to truth and to consciously work for the unity, progress and development of their immediate and larger communities,” he stated.
The former presidential staffer called on journalists and other practitioners in the media to always abide by the ethical principles of their profession in the discharge of their duties.
Dr. Apaak, who praised the Ghanaian press for the role it played in the struggle for and enthronement of democracy, also called on media practitioners to shun ‘desk journalism’ and engage in qualitative investigative journalism that will promote national unity, as well as expose rot and corruption in the system in line with the present administration’s change agenda.
“It is important that you continue to fight for a society where free, empowered citizens can contribute in a democracy. That is what democracy is all about, freedom to pursue happiness.
“When that is done, the government should be able to deliver on the promise of good governance, which will lift Ghana to a new pedestal,” he stated.
He urged the press not to relent in holding government accountable to the people and to continuously remain a defender of the voiceless and downtrodden in the society.
The Builsa South MP also called for respect and protection for journalists as they perform their legitimate duties of reporting.