Tue, May

In Ghana, Chapter 12 of the 1992 Constitution, gives strength to Freedom of Expression. Today, we experience a multiplicity and duplicity of media houses and we ask how beneficial are the journalistic work of these media houses?

30 years since Windhoek Declaration of Information as a Public Good

Written By Rebecca Ekpe - It is another year of celebrating World Press Freedom Day amidst Covid-19. On May 3, 2020, Journalists all over the world had to mark the day in the wake of discovering new ways of coping with the pandemic. As documented by some journalists, reporting the news on Coronavirus has been like reporting from the battlefield. Each day was different, especially with the onset of the virus, which came with a lot of uncertainty, to the point that the World Health Organisation itself described the scenario as novel. Information dissemination became a challenge as we saw a lot of misinformation and disinformation floating around, especially on social media.

The initiative is absolutely laudable because of the rampant attacks on journalists in the country. Due to the nature of journalism, many unscrupulous people develop hatred for journalists, thereby attacking them and in many cases killing them.

The establishment of office for the Coordinated Mechanism on the safety of Journalists

Written By Dr. Nana Sifa Twum - The opening of an office for the Coordinated Mechanism on the safety of Journalists in the country by government is fascinating news not only for the Ghanaian journalist but more importantly for the development and sustenance of democracy.

This is the time for government to show benevolence to this little girl by taking care of her medical expenses so that the people will know that we have a caring leadership. It is just unfortunate that our medical experts are saying that the survival of Elita would only depend on the availability of oxygen and nothing else, ...

The need to assist children with terminal diseases

Written By Charles Neequaye - Last week, an emotional and heart trembling story about a four-year-old girl who doctors have diagnosed of having chronic lung cancer and, therefore would have to live permanently on oxygen for the rest of her life. Elita Afia Boafo Asare, who lives with her parents at Aboabo, a suburb of Koforidua in the Eastern Region, is a second to a set of twins and her condition is so critical that she cannot breathe without the aid of oxygen. Born preterm at 33 weeks together with her twin sister, Elita, who is healthy and well, we are told she developed a respiratory distress syndrome commonly associated with children born preterm. After spending several days with her mother at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, she became well and was discharged but later found her way back to the hospital at age four due to new diagnosis.

The medical crisis we are confronted with has shown that the world has great benefits but full of ever-present vulnerabilities, without adequate buffers. Investments in infrastructure and public health administration must fundamentally come from the political leadership of the continent supported by the private sector.

Calls for multidimensional approach in finding solution to COVID-19

Written By Daniel Asare - One thing the impact of COVID-19 has revealed is that countries are ultimately on their own. It has been more than a year since a new world came into being as a result of COVID-19. It has upturned our pattern of social relations, clobbered our economies and trade relations, and continues to impact our psychological wellbeing.

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