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Former President Mahama Commends Ghanaian Journalists on World Press Freedom Day

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Former President John Dramani Mahama has praised Ghanaian journalists for their invaluable role in the development of the nation. In a statement issued on May 3 to mark World Press Freedom Day, Mr. Mahama emphasized the importance of the independent media in holding governments accountable, particularly in young democracies like Ghana.

He paid tribute to Ghanaian journalists, who, despite threats and inducements, continue to expose the ills of society. Mr. Mahama also urged the government to work with journalists to build a safer, more just, and transparent society.

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The former President called on the government to do more to solve the murder of investigative journalist Ahmed Suale, whose death remains unsolved. He stated that the government owes it to the country to work hand-in-hand with journalists to build a safer, more just, and transparent society.

Mr. Mahama also lamented Ghana’s declining ranking on the World Press Freedom Index, stating that this was not the Ghana the world had come to know. He encouraged the government to take steps to improve the country’s rating.

“For the most part, Ghanaian journalists have shown exceptional courage and dedication to their profession. Their work is essential to the development of a thriving democracy,” Mr. Mahama said. “We must continue to support and protect the media in their efforts to hold our leaders accountable.”

In conclusion, the former President reiterated the importance of the media in the nation’s development and called on the government to do more to safeguard press freedom in the country. He also expressed his gratitude to journalists for their unwavering commitment to their profession, despite the numerous challenges they face.

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