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UNESCO Launches Media Development Indicators Framework in Ghana

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UNESCO has launched the Media Development Indicators, a framework to assess media development in Ghana. The framework is expected to promote sustainable development, democracy, and good governance by fostering a free, pluralistic, diverse, and independent media landscape.

UNESCO’s International Program for the Development of Communication seeks to promote and improve media development in developing countries like Ghana, with the Media Development Indicators serving as an assessment tool to determine the efficiency of a country’s media system. The assessment aims to enhance a free, independent, and pluralistic media in Ghana that empowers citizens with information.

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The Ghanaian media is currently considered one of the freest in Africa and was ranked first in press freedom by Reporters Without Borders in 2015. The Media Development Indicators by Ghanaian researchers will contribute to the development of Ghana’s media, according to the Executive Secretary of National Media Commission, George Sarpong. The assessment will serve as a working document or point of reference to motivate the Ghana Journalist Association to do better, said GJA President Albert Kwabena Dwumfour.

During the launch, Patricia Dovi Sampson, the Director of Finance and Administration for the Ministry of Information, noted that women are misrepresented in the media landscape. She encouraged media organizations to develop and implement policies that promote gender and social inclusion and create mechanisms to build the capacity of women in the media and track them in decision-making positions.

Audrey Gadzekpo, the Lead Consultant and Researcher of the framework, said authorities must do more to create safety for journalists and media institutions, ensure better information flow without risks, and end impunity by strongly sanctioning perpetrators of attacks.

The assessment will contribute to UNESCO’s implementation of the framework for a national cooperating mechanism on the safety of journalists in Ghana. These frameworks have been conducted and applied in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia, and South America. The Deputy Director General in charge of Managerial Operations of the National Communication Authority, Madame Olivia Quartey, urged the media to live up to its expectations as a vibrant and responsible media to the development of Ghanaian society.

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