A major Member of the New Patriotic Bash (NPP), Razak Kojo Opoku has mentioned Ghana less than President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is not dealing with the culture of silence.
He claimed a great deal as Journalists were entitled to free of charge speech or press independence, they will have to also be dependable more than enough to stay away from the whip of the legislation.
Mr. Kojo Opoku who was talking to journalists in Accra on Sunday mentioned ‘the simple fact that you want to get pleasure from press independence or cost-free speech does not mean that you can say or publish something against the government without the need of points and empirical evidence to substantiate the allegations.’
He alleged that some Journalists and celebrities just lately descended on the President by peddling falsehood that he was in opposition to press freedom, which he mentioned was unacceptable.
Mr. Kojo Opoku stated a single of the highly effective instruments for journalists and normal citizens was the Suitable to Info Act, 2019(Act 989), aimed at empowering journalists and deepening push freedom, totally free speech and free obtain to details, which was handed and assented by President Akufo-Addo.
“Of study course the Criminal Libel Regulation was repealed by previous President Kufuor’s regime.”
He mentioned it was vital to notice that aside President Akufo-Addo enjoying a helpful position in previous President Kufuor’s federal government in repealing the Criminal Libel Legislation, his authorities also passed the Suitable to Facts Act 2019(Act 989) which successive governments unsuccessful to do.
He said :”One detail they must understand is that, they are totally free to compose, talk and critique, but they ought to do so with precise information, figures and empirical evidence. If they are unsuccessful to do so, the communicators of NPP will confirm them erroneous with the information, figures and empirical proof.”
“Using myself Razak Kojo Opoku as an case in point, some Journalists have been bashing me correct, centre and left around a really doctored audio without even offering me the chance to explain the articles of the audio, this are unable to be referred to as dependable journalism, press flexibility or absolutely free speech.
“This is purely unprofessionalism on the element of those people journalists who are undertaking that variety of biased and dollars- sponsored evil agenda versus me without the need of giving me even a single chance to present the first audio to them”.