Ghana

December 2020 general elections: journalists attacked, threatened

Several incidents of attacks against journalists have taken place in the aftermath of the 7th December general elections. In addition, several journalists have been subjected to threats, including death threats: Read more

December 2020 general elections: journalists attacked, threatened

Covering COVID-19, December 2020 elections: journalists assaulted, intimidated and harassed

Ahead of Ghana’s general elections on 7th December 2020, in which voters will elect the president and members of parliament, there have been attacks against journalists who were reporting on the elections, in particular the primaries and the registration of voters. Read more

Covering COVID-19, December 2020 elections: journalists assaulted, intimidated and harassed

Speaker of Parliament threatens to ban journalists, investigative reporter threatened

On 26th February 2020, the Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament Aaron Mike Oquaye threated to ban journalists accredited to cover the Parliament who ‘abandon’ the Parliament while in session to cover press conferences or interviews. In March 2020, investigate anti-corruption journalist Edward Adeti said to the MFWA that he feared for his and his family’s life receiving threatening messages and noticing suspicious movements since 27th February 2020 Read more

Speaker of Parliament threatens to ban journalists, investigative reporter threatened

Further deterioration of press freedom in Ghana

In a statement on 2nd July 2019, media freedom organisation Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) said that the press freedom violations in Ghana 'near alarming proportions'. MFWA documented 31 violations affecting 40 victims in the 18 months to July 2019. The majority of the violations have been physical attacks and severe threats, and one journalist was killed - investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale was shot and killed in January 2019, the first journalist to have been killed in the country in over a decade. Read more

Further deterioration of press freedom in Ghana

Journalist killed amid deteriorating climate for the safety of journalists

On 16th January 2019, two unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein - Suale while he was reportedly driving home in Madina, a suburb of Ghana's capital Accra. Suale was a member of Tiger Eye Private Investigations, which was founded and is led by undercover investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas - a pseudonym. Read more

Journalist killed amid deteriorating climate for the safety of journalists

String of attacks against journalists while growing calls for the passage of the RTI Bill

The Ghana Right to Information Coalition, a coalition of civil society organisations, launched, in November 2018, the RTI Red Friday campaign, to demand that the Ghanaian Parliament approve the Right To Information Bill. Read more

String of attacks against journalists while growing calls for the passage of the RTI Bill

Media watchdog reports 17 journalists attacked in past 15 months

Seventeen journalists have been attacked by state or non-state actors in the past 15 months, according to the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA). None of the perpetrators have been held accountable to date. Read more

Media watchdog reports 17 journalists attacked in past 15 months

Journalists attacked during protest of ruling party supporters

Security personnel at the headquarters of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Accra allegedly attacked four journalists on 21st December 2017. The four journalists from the media outlets Ghanaweb.com, Citi FM and TV3 were covering a protest by aggrieved NPP members from the Ellembelle in western Ghana who were demanding a clean register for the internal party elections in January 2018. Read more

Journalists attacked during protest of ruling party supporters

Media regulator closes 34 radio stations, sanctions another 97

On 28th September 2017, Ghana National Communications Authority (NCA), the national media regulator, shut down 34 radio broadcasting stations and fined 97 others due to their failure to renew their authorisation three months before the expiration date, as required by the law. Read more

Media regulator closes 34 radio stations, sanctions another 97

President promises the passage of the long-awaited Right to Information Bill

A series of peaceful demonstrations took place in between May and August 2017, to demand jobs, service delivery and against corruption. On Friday 26th May 2017, a cross section of Ghanaians staged a peaceful demonstration in Accra, organised by radio station Adom FM, to protest the rising levels of corruption within the government and public services. Protesters delivered a petition to the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) demanding an investigation of persons engaged in acts of corruption, and to recover the stolen funds. The leaders of the protest also gave the EOCO 310 supporting documents, and promised to stage another protest within three months if the EOCO did not heed their request. Read more

President promises the passage of the long-awaited Right to Information Bill