The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has urged the media to consider the critical importance of information when reporting on the coronavirus pandemic.
In a release recognising the significance of the press in the fight against Covid-19 on ‘World Press Freedom Day’, Mr Oppong Nkrumah asked the media to “consider the vital importance of information in this situation.”
He stressed that informing the public means giving everyone knowledge of the means of combatting the illness by adopting appropriate practices.
“As indicated by the Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), … at a time when we are mired in worry and uncertainty because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, free information is essential to helping us face, understand, think about and overcome this crisis,” Mr Oppong Nkrumah said.
The Information Minister said the Akufo-Addo administration has been working closely with the media and other stakeholders in disseminating information and educating the public as part of the broader COVID-19 government response.
“The media, as the President in one of such engagements described, is an ‘invaluable ally’ in the fight against COVID-19,” he said.
He congratulated the media in Ghana for their hard work.
“We are hopeful that, together, we will defeat this pandemic in the shortest possible time and continue with initiatives to make the media and broadcasting space increasingly productive,” he said.
This year’s World Press Freedom Day is being marked globally under the theme “Journalism without Fear or Favour.”