Ghana

Deteriorating press freedom trend continues

Ghana dropped 30 places globally in Reporter Without Borders' 2022 World Press Freedom Index, reflecting a significant deterioration of press freedom in the country. Ghana now occupies the 60th place in the 2022 global ranking, down from the 30th place; and the 10th place on the continent, down from the 3rd place. Concerns mentioned by RSF include the safety of journalists with physical attacks on journalists and death threats issued by officials. The Media Foundation for West Africa's freedom of expression Monitor recorded 11 violations in the first quarter of 2022 (January to March 2022) in Ghana, the highest number of violations recorded in Ghana in a single quarter in the past three years, while also outpacing other countries in West Africa. Read more

Deteriorating press freedom trend continues

LGBTIQ+ people and rights under attack; journalist detained

LGBTIQ+ groups say they have seen an increase in attacks on LGBTIQ+ people since the controversial draconian anti-LGBTIQ+ law, “The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021”, was introduced in Parliament end of June 2021 by eight Members of Parliament. As reported previously on the Monitor, the draft law would set high prison sentences for identifying as LGBTIQ+ people and those supporting or advocating for LGBTIQ+ rights – the latter punishable with prison sentences of up to ten years. In November 2021, Ghana's Parliament opened public hearings on the draft law.

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LGBTIQ+ people and rights under attack; journalist detained

#FixTheCountry protests; two people killed in protest against the killing of a social activist

Authorities refused to grant a permit for a #FixTheCountry protest scheduled for 9th May 2021 in Accra, using the grounds of limiting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. #FixTheCountry started out as a social media campaign in which mainly Ghanaian youth called for better socio-economic conditions in the country, ranging from employment opportunities, fixing the roads, lower taxes and better service delivery, and became a movement demanding better living conditions. Read more

#FixTheCountry protests; two people killed in protest against the killing of a social activist

LGBTI centre forced to close its doors after police raid; journalist arrested

On 24th February 2021, Ghana’s first LGBTI community centre in Accra, organised by LGBT+ Rights Ghana, closed down after police raided the centre. A backlash followed the opening of the centre on 31st January 2021, with church groups, political figures and anti-LGBTI organisations calling for the closure of the centre and the arrest of the organisers Read more

LGBTI centre forced to close its doors after police raid; journalist arrested

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