Kojo Yankah faults ‘stage-managed’ Meet the Press Series

Kojo Yankah faults ‘stage-managed’ Meet the Press Series
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Oswald Azumah| oswald.azumah@myjoyonline.com
Date: 08-08-2019 Time: 12:08:00:pm
Kojo Yankah has advocated a freer media space

A former  Minister of State in the Rawlings governmentKojo Yankah, has charged government to be more transparent in its dealings with the media.

“If the government lies, the people would find out anyway,” the former Information Minister told Joy News’ Kojo Yankson in an interview.

Speaking on what has become a convention by successive governments, Mr Yankah said the practice of having sector ministers come to the Information Ministry to Meet The Press is not transparent.

The former Agona East East MP described the practice tagged as ‘Meet the Press Series’ as “stage-managed.”

“Let every Ministry be free to provide information when they want to and when they have to,” the one time Ashanti Regional Minister said.

“Go to the regions, some Ministers don’t talk because they fear it will counter the sector minister…Why should it be so,” he quizzed.

Akufo-Addo’s record on Media freedom

Speaking on how media freedom has been so far under President Nana Akufo-Addo, the former Editor of Daily Graphic described it as “disappointing but not shocking.”

According to founder and President of the African University College of Communications, for someone who has advocated media freedom, Akufo-Addo’s administration can certainly do better to enhance media freedom.

Mr Yankah said the President Akufo-Addo “should demonstrate more openness to what’s happening” in his administration.

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He cited the deference of the implementation of the Right to Information Act as a clear indication that the state machinery is not yet ready to implement the RTI.