Ghana improves in 2024 press freedom ranking


Ghana has improved on its media ranking, the World Press Freedom Index 2024 published by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has revealed.

The report indicated that Ghana made a significant improvement by moving from the 62nd position in the 2023 ranking to the 50th position in the 2024 ranking, which covered 180 countries.

According to the report, regarded as one of Africa’s most democratic countries, Ghana had a vibrant and pluralistic media environment.

It noted that, however, the creation of media outlets by politicians had given rise to politicised and biased media content.

‘Thanks to the 1992 Constitution authorising new media outlets to be created without a licence, Ghana has at least 100 media outlets, including radio stations, TV channels and?news?sites. Many privately owned media, such as?the?Joy News?channel, the?Myjoyonline?website?and?radio?Peace FM, are very popular and reflect a high degree of pluralism and diversity,’ it stated.

‘They have the independence necessary to operate without politic
al restrictions. The state-owned?Ghana Broadcasting Corporation,?and its TV and radio stations,?GBC TV and GBC Radio,?have nationwide coverage.’

It reiterated that there were also numerous community radio stations throughout the country; however, measures taken by the authorities to promote media pluralism had favoured, in recent years, the emergence of partisan media outlets launched by politicians.

The report said journalists’ safety had seriously deteriorated in Ghana in recent years; stating that several attacks on press freedom had been registered, including the intrusion of ruling party supporters into a TV studio and an attack on a journalist during a live report in October 2023.

It said politicians?had also made?death threats against investigative journalists.

The report said most cases of police violence against journalists were not pursued.?

It said the same went for murderers of journalists and that five years after the brutal death of investigative reporter Ahmed Hussein-Suale, the investigat
ion had come to a halt.

It said worse still, the Attorney General and Justice Minister told Parliament in early 2024 that criminal prosecutions had not been initiated due to lack of evidence.

On the global front this year, the RSF highlights a ‘worrying decline in support and respect for media autonomy and an increase in pressure from the state or other political actors’.

This is based on the fact that, of the five indicators used to compile the ranking, it is the political indicator that has fallen most, with a global average decline of 7.6 points.

Out of the 180 countries and territories analysed, some 138 places had a majority of their respondents saying that political actors in their countries were involved in disinformation or propaganda campaigns. This involvement is described as ‘systematic’ in 31 countries.

The?United States?ranked 55th in 2024, having dropped 10 positions.

RSF notes that the country (United States) is experiencing growing distrust in the media, partly driven by antagonism from
political officials, while there have also been cases of local law enforcement raiding newsrooms.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Limbe II welcomes CAMASEJ secretariat on World Press Freedom Day

On the occasion of the commemoration of World Press Freedom Day, the Limbe branch of CAMASEJ (Cameroon Association of English Speaking Journalists) inaugurated its secretariat on May 3 at the new Limbe II council market in Karata.

The event was marked by a ceremonious cutting of the ribbon and the unveiling of the secretariat’s signboard by esteemed dignitaries, including Limbe II Mayor Chief Woka Daniel Ndive and Divisional Officer Meke Serge Albert.

Mayor Daniel Ndive, in his remarks, expressed gratitude for the invaluable role of the media in his journey to leadership, acknowledging their unwavering support and coverage of his philanthropic activities.

‘I remember some years back we were doing philanthropy…and they took upon themselves to publish every activity without any charge,’ Mayor Ndive reminisced.

He further recounted how the media recognized his contributions, paving the way for his emergence as a potential leader.

The said office it should be noted, was donated by the Limbe II mayor for one
year rent-free.

He also pledged the possibility of extending the free-rent arrangement to an extra year if the secretariat is managed effectively.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

IPR Ghana 2024 summit discusses misinformation, disinformation, and information overload


The Ghana Institute of Public Relations (IPR) has organised a national summit and an annual general meeting, drawing public relations, communication practitioners and academics from the public and private sectors for intense discussions.

The national summit aimed to address pressing concerns in public relations, particularly in an era marked by widespread misinformation, disinformation, and information overload.

The three-day event, on the theme: ‘PR experience in the age of misinformation, disinformation, and information overload,’ brought together industry experts, professionals, and stakeholders to discuss and share insights on navigating the complex landscape of modern communication.

The participants delved into strategies for combating these challenges and fostering responsible communication practices.

In addition to the summit, IPR Ghana also held its annual general meeting, providing members with the opportunity to engage on crucial decision-making processes and shape the future direction of the or
ganisation.

Mr Mawuko Afadzinu, the immediate past president of IPR, said the summit was a platform for participants to network and learn new innovative practices while the AGM took stock of last year’s activities and reflected on and determined plans for 2024 on issues pertinent to the profession and the institute.

He said IPR Ghana existed to provide a professional structure for the practice of public relations and enhance the ability and status of its members as professional practitioners.

He stated with the emergence of new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), they were presented with a lot of efficiency and allowed them to do so much with so little.

‘AI is referred to as the development of computer systems that can perform tasks that typically require human intelligence, such as learning, problem-solving, and decision-making,’ he said.

Mr Afadzinu, however, said, ‘Creativity remains the domain of humans, and that is where our expertise and professionalism come into play so if you are able
to blend your abilities as a professional in the practices of public relations and communications with the vast processing powers of AI, it helps you to elevate yourself to the right level of practice.’

It also helped to deal with issues of misinformation, disinformation, and information overload because AI was able to track sentiment, he added.

Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, the running mate of the National Democratic Congress, said that in the modern explosive media landscape, verifying information was crucial and that PR professionals must be vigilant and prioritise fact-checking to combat misinformation and disinformation.

She emphasised that although providing accurate information could be challenging in a politicised environment, professionals were encouraged to strive for truth and integrity in their practice.

The Institute’s Annual General Meeting included an election of executives for 2024-2026.

Ms Esther Cobbah was elected as the President of IPR, Mr Donald Dwira as Vice President, Mr Sol
ace Akomeah as Honorary Secretary, Mr Abraham Otabil as Deputy Honorary Secretary, and Mr Gabriel Nii Otu Ankrah as Treasurer.

Representatives were notable institutions such as the Minerals Commission, Ghana Standards Authority, Information Service Department, University of Media, Arts, and Communication, and Electricity Company of Ghana, among the rest.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Papaase residents kick against alleged plans to mine on River Kantango


The chiefs and people of Papaase and surrounding farming communities in the Bia West District of the Western North Region have kicked against alleged plans by some individuals to undertake illegal mining activities, popularly known as ‘galamsey’ on the River Kantango.

Speaking at a press conference, Mr Djangmah John Agboka, Sub-Chief Farmer at New Papaase, explained they had been reliably informed about the intentions of some persons to mine on their farmlands.

He, however, said all the chiefs and people in those areas had resolved to resist any attempt to undertake galamsey activities, which he added would destroy their cocoa farms, which had been their only source of livelihood.

He said: ‘We know that galamsey will bring harmful effects to our health, and also pollute the only stream in the area, Kantango, which serves as the only source of water to residents, so we will not allow such activity to happen here.’

Mr Agboka appealed to the Government through the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry to inte
rvene for them to ensure galamsey did not happen in the area.

Mr Louis Afful, Assembly Member for Elloukrom Electoral Area, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), indicated that Bia West was the only District in the region without galamsey, and that allowing it in the area would expose them to the health risk associated with the activity.

‘We are calling on traditional authorities behind the illegal mining activities to desist from such illegality in order not to incur the wrath of the community members,’ he added.

Some of the residents also told the GNA that they would do everything in their power not to allow galamsey activities in the area since it would destroy their cocoa farms.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Central Tongu DCE engages Military and Police personnel to enhance security


Mr Thomas Moore Zonyrah, the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Central Tongu, has taken decisive steps to bolster security measures in response to a series of alarming incidents involving armed robbery and attacks on traders within the district.

The spate of attacks, particularly targeting traders, predominantly cattle sellers at the Aflavenu market, has prompted Mr Zonyrah to engage both personnel of the Ghana Police Service and the Ghana Armed Forces.

The DCE told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that unidentified assailants perpetrated a brazen attack last week Friday, resulting in the shooting of two traders and the tragic loss of one victim’s life.

‘In light of these distressing events, I have proactively reached out to law enforcement agencies to fortify security measures in the district, particularly around areas frequented by traders,’ he explained.

Mr Zonyrah emphasized that the situation was being closely monitored and managed and assured the traders of swift action.

He also indicated that the Distr
ict Security Council (DISEC) is committed to ensure that the perpetrators are apprehended.

Mr Zonyrah urged the traders to remain steadfast in their economic activities, emphasizing that their safety and well-being are paramount.

The DCE also asked residents to be vigilant and report any suspected actions to the security agencies, Assembly Members and Unit Committee Members for immediate intervention.

‘Our Police and Military personnel would?be protecting the traders every day. But I also call upon the residents to speak up when they suspect anyone. They can even reach out to me or the security officers anytime,’ Mr Zonyrah stated.

He mentioned that DISEC would ensure that more security personnel were engaged in the coming days to protect the traders and their properties.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Prioristise fact-checking as weapon against dis/misinformation – Prof. Opoku-Agyemang


Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, the Running Mate of the National Democratic Congress, has urged Public Relations (PR) professionals to navigate the media landscape with vigilance, emphasising the crucial role of fact-checking in an era of information overload.

Addressing PR experts during the national public relations and communications summit in Kwahu, she urged them to be extra vigilant in their work and prioritise the verification of information, to counteract misinformation and disinformation.

She further highlighted the importance of adopting responsible communication practices in the current explosive media environment.

Prof. Opoku-Agyeman stressed that with the abundance of information, it was more critical than ever for PR professionals to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the content they disseminate.

She said as the public continued to grapple with the challenges posed by misinformation and information overload, the call to action served as a reminder of the vital role PR professionals
played in maintaining the integrity of information sharing.

She said by prioritising fact-checking and vigilance in their work, PR professionals would help combat the spread of false information and contribute to a more informed society.

‘Providing accurate information can be challenging in a politicised environment but I encourage you to strive for the truth and integrity in your practice,’ she added.

Mr Mawuko Afadzinu, the Immediate Past President of the Institute of Public Relations (IPR) Ghana, highlighted the importance of adapting to new technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enhance the profession and status of PR practitioners.

He also emphasised that AI could bring significant efficiencies and allow practitioners to achieve more with less.

He said IPR Ghana’s primary objective was to offer a professional structure for the practice of public relations and elevate the abilities and standing of its members as expert professionals.

He noted that while AI can perform tasks requiring huma
n intelligence, such as learning, problem-solving, and decision-making, creativity remained the domain of humans.

‘By blending their expertise in public relations and communications with AI’s processing powers, professionals can elevate their practice,’ he said, adding, ‘Moreover, AI can help combat misinformation, disinformation, and information overload by tracking sentiment.’

The Institute of Public Relations (IPR) Ghana organised the national summit alongside its Annual General Meeting drawing public relations and communication practitioners, and academics from both public and private sectors.

The event aimed to address pressing concerns in public relations, particularly in an era marked by widespread misinformation, disinformation, and information overload.

The three-day event, on the theme: ‘PR experience in the age of misinformation, disinformation and information overload,’ brought together industry experts, professionals, and stakeholders to discuss and share insights on navigating the complex la
ndscape of modern communication.

The summit provided a platform for participants to network and learn innovative practices, while the Annual General Meeting reviewed the previous year’s activities, reflected on them, and planned for 2024.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Farmers receives free coconut seedlings at Biakoye District


Over 35,000?coconut seedlings have been distributed to farmers in the Biakoye District Assembly through the Department of Local Government and Rural Development.

The initiative, under the Planting for Export and Rural Development, is to boost cash crop production and export which ultimately translate into revenue generation.

The Planting for Export and Rural Development is a decentralized national tree crop programme to promote rural economic growth and improve household incomes of farmers through the provision of certified improved seedlings.

Madame Millicent Kabuki, the District Chief Executive (DCE), said the Assembly considered coconut under the initiative to be the most suitable cash crop after considering the weather conditions and the soil in the district.

She gave the initiative’s benefits, which included revenue generation through export and income for farmers.

‘These coconut seedlings are expected to be harvested by 3- years after planting, adding she look forward to boosting agriculture within
the district as the produce will be exported to generate income,’ she told the Ghana News Agency (GNA).

Reverend Harrison Worlasi Adorblosu, District Director of Agriculture asked farmers to accept coconut farming as a rewarding venture, hence, the Assembly’s resolve to make farming attractive to the youth to reduce unemployment in Biakoye District.

He advised farmers to heed to the education and directives of their Extension Agents to help improve their farm yields and income.

Mr Adorblosu cautioned the beneficiaries to take proper care of the seedlings from grasscutter and other animals that could destroy the coconut seedlings, adding that, the farmers should not apply unapproved chemicals that can cause the seedlings to die prematurely.

Some farmers thanked the Government and the Assembly for this kind gesture which will keep them busy and improve their livelihood.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Paramount Chief of Gwollu reported dead


The Paramount Chief of Gwollu and a former member of the Council of State, Kuoro Kuri Buktie Limann IV has died.

Kuoro Abdul Rahman Kasim Baata, the Vice President of the Gwollu Traditional Council disclosed his death to the GNA in Gwollu on Saturday.

‘I wish to announce with deep sorrow the demise of the Paramount Chief of Gwollu, Kuoro Kuri Buktie Liman IV, whose sad incident took place on May 02, 2024, at about 1700 pm and he has since been buried according to custom,’ he said.

He said funeral arrangements would be announced later.

He said, ‘Usually, when a chief dies, you often see a lot of people from the family struggling to come around and seek leadership,’ and advised the public to note that it could disturb the unity of the family in this period of grief.

Kuoro Buktie Limann was enskined in 1998 after the death of his brother Dr Hilla Limann and occupied the seat until his demise in 2024.

PROFILE OF KUORU KURI-BUKTIE LIMANN IV, PARAMOUT CHIEF OF GWOLLU (1943-2024)

Kuoro Kuri-Buktie Limann IV w
as born on 22nd November 1943 at Gwollu in the Sissala West District of the Upper West Region. He had Seven (7) children and two grand children.

EDUCATION RECORD

He attended the Tumu Primary School in 1948

The Wa Middle Boarding School in 1954

He was admitted into the Tamale Nursing Training School in the Northern Region in January 1961, and obtained the Ghana Qualified Registered Nurse Certificate in August 1964

He undertook the Rapid Results Correspondence Course College, London UK and passed the General Certificate of Education (GCE) O’Level (Private) in July 1969 and A’ level in November 1970-(Private).

He gained admission into the University of Ghana, Legon and obtained Certificate in Ward Management in Nursing in 1974.

Admitted into Radcliffe School of Nursing University of Oxford, Oxon. United Kindom in 1974 and obtained Diploma in Nursing-May1977

Awarded the Oxford Shire County Council Scholarship FOR: BACHELOR OF LAW DEGREE AND BAR COURSES IN THE (U.K.) and obtained:

i. The University of Lon
don Law Bachelor (L.L.B) Hons. London. (1977-1980)

ii. Admitted to do the English BarattheInn’s of Court School of Law-London (1980-81) and obtained the Utter Barrister at Law of England and Wales-July1981.

Was inducted into the Lincoln’s Inn of Court-August 1981 and became a Lincoln’s Inn, Barrister-at-Law, U.K and Wales.

NIGERIA:

Admitted into the Nigeria School of Law: 1982-83-Passed the Nigeria Bar Examination, and inducted into the Nigeria Barin July 1983 as a Barrister-at-Law and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1983.

GHANA:

i. Completed the Ghana School of Law Supplementary Course (January 1994 September 1994) and Inducted as Barrister-at-Law and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghana

ii. Returned to Ghana from Nigeria in April 1998 after 16 years Law Practice in April 1998 and was enskinned and installed the Gwollu Paramount Chief as Limann IV of the Gwollu Paramountcy in the Sissala West District of Upper West Region on 18th April 1998.

iii. Awarded
the Judicial Notary Public-Ghana Judicial Services and was inducted in May 2007 by the Chief Justice of Ghana as NOTARYPUBLIC of Ghana.

LEGAL PRACTICE-RECORD

U.K

I. GraysInn U.K (1981-1982) as Barrister-at-Law, -England and Wales

NIGERIA ii. Akinjide and CoLegal Practitioners Lagos, Federal Republic Nigeria, (1983-1984)

iii. Principal Partner: J.B Limann and Co Barristers-at-Law and Solicitors of the Supreme Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Lincoln Chambers, Lagos. (1984-1998)

GHANA

iv. Principal Partner: Limann Law Consult and Associates, Barristers-at-Law and Solicitors of the Supreme Court of Ghana, England and Wales, and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

OTHER IMPORTANT POSITIONS HELD

i. General Secretary: Ghana Registered Nurses Association-1974

ii. Executive Chairman: Gwollu Heritage Museum and Tourism Centre-1998-2024

iii. General Secretary: The Northern Ghana Students Union of Great Britain and Ireland 1978-1981

iv. National Chairman of Ghana Cotton Farmers Associatio
n (1999-2004)

v. Member of Ghana Food and Drugs Board-(2004-2007)

vi. Elected in February 2005 as Member of Ghana Council of State- (2005-2008) for Upper West Region.

vii. Member of Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 2006-2024

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

I. Member: Ghana Registered Nurses Association.

II. General Secretary Ghana Registered Nurses Association-1974.

III. Member: Registered Nurse of England and Wales-U.K…1977 IV. Member: GhanaBarAssociation1994.

V. Member: The Federal Republic of Nigeria Bar Association1983.

VI. Member: Utter Barrister of Lincoln’Inn and Barrister of the Supreme Court of England and Wales-U. K1981.

VII. ANotary Public of Ghana Judicial Services 2007.

J, CHIEFTAINCY AFFAIRS

i. Paramount Chief of Gwollu Traditional Area U.W.R-18th April 1998 to date. ii. Member of Regional House of Chiefs 1998 Wa-U.W. R¬¬¬¬-to Present.

iii. President Upper West Regional House of Chiefs Wa-U.W. R¬-September 2004- November 2008.

iv. Member of National House of Chiefs, Nove
mber 1998 to date.

v. Chairman of National House of Chiefs, Judicial Panel-Kumasi (2000-2004).

Vi) FARMER with AGROPRODUCT PROCCESING INTERESTS

VII. Cotton Farmer-Chairman Ghana National Farmers’ Association

Agro-Shea-Nuts, Groundnuts, Cotton and Sunflower Seeds Processing into edible Oil for local Consumption and for Exports Since 2005. Business registered with Ministry of Trade and Industry.

viii) Selected Takhilla Farms Estate Limited by M.O.T.I in 2017 as One-District-One Factory (1D1F) to process Shea Nuts, Groundnuts for Joint Partnership to establish an

Oil Refinery in the Sissala West District and to add value to them for export to AFRICA

Market and for local consumptions, and for the instituting the creation of the Dr. Hilla Limann Senior High School-Gwollu, U.W.R

Has been instrumental since becoming the Paramount Chief in 1998, in the Creation of the new Sissala West District in the Upper West Region, and in matters of Health, Energy, Water and Sanitation Development in the Gwollu, Param
ountcy and the Sissala West District of the Upper West Region, Ghana.

PUBLICATIONS

I. Streamlining the Nursing Profession in Ghana-September 1973

ii. Ward Management in Hospital -June1974.

iii. The Alleged Policy of free Education in Northern-Ghana; -Reaction of the Northern Ghana Students in Great Britain and Ireland 1980.

v. The impact of British Legislative Instrument on Land Tenure in (Northern Territories) Northern Regions of Ghana 1980.

vi. The Right to REPARATION for the Trans-Atlantic Chattel Enslavement of Ghanaian

Victims between 15th to 19th centuries under the 2001 United Nations Human Right Commission Declaration-2006. (GERRF) Ghana Enslavement Reparation and Repatriation Foundation.

Viii. The Executive Chairman of Takhilla Farms Estate Nuts Seed’s Oils limited.

GHANA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE and INDUSTRY DELEGATIONS THAT VISITED CHINA and INDIA

i) Member of the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Delegation that visited China for Africa-China to the S.M.E Development for
um and Trade Fair-Oct 2008.

ii) Member of Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry Delegation that was invited to the S.M. E at Exportech Project Fair by the M.Pof Gwailor State of India 18-21st January 2013.

iii. Member of Ghana Cotton Development Authority, April 2010-2015.

Iv. Member of the Upper West Regional Peace Committee, 2015-2018.

V. Member of Upper West Regional Mental Health Committee, 2015-2017.

vi. Member of the Association of Ghana Industries, since 2015.

viii. Member of the Upper West Regional Health Council, 2016-2020.

ix. Awarded CITATION of the Northern Ghana National Achievers Award, October 2016, at Tamale-N/R by the Northern Youth for Peace and Development (NYUPED).

x. Gwollu Paramountcy; President of the Gwollu Traditional Council-Since April 18, 1998, to date.

Source: Ghana News Agency