The foundation of our democracy is solidified by the power of broadcasting – Minister

Mrs. Fatimatu Abubakar

Madam Fatimatu Abubakar, a deputy minister of information said that the basis of democracy in the country has been consolidated and solidified by the power of broadcasting.

She said that radio remains one of the most relevant and powerful communication tools that have shaped all spheres of society due to its ability and reliability to reach as many people as possible across the world. world.

Ms. Abubakar, speaking at a durbar at the height of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation’s (GBC) Volta Star Radio’s Silver Jubilee celebration in Ho, Volta region, said many Notable and historic moments of the country were transmitted by radio.

She said that the theme: “25 years of broadcasting, the socio-cultural effect on listeners” implied that the media had practically become a part of citizens’ lives with enormous influence on society.

The Deputy Minister of Information said the importance and impact of broadcasting had been enormous since the start of state broadcasting in Ghana in 1935, with the establishment of Radio ZOY and later the Gold Coast Broadcasting Service (GCBS).

She highlighted the role of radio in enhancing nation-building, entertainment and education and as a powerful communication tool that enabled vulnerable and illiterate people to participate in public debate.

Ms Abubakar said that for the power of the radio, most people, especially the most vulnerable, would have been cut off from national discourse, and praised the GBC for its tenacity in continuing to reach out to remote communities to give voice to the people. voiceless.

The deputy information minister said Ghana’s media landscape continues to be generally the toast and the envy of many around the world and that the government intends to support him to maintain this feat.

Article 21 (1) (f) of the 1992 Constitution grants every Ghanaian, including the media, the right to information regarding public sector affairs and governance in general. It is in this context that the government, through parliament, adopted the 2019 Right to Information Act (Law 989) which was sanctioned by Her Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on May 21. 2019, she said.

The law, she said, was aimed at empowering people and the media to access information about central and local governments as well as state-funded non-governmental organizations.

The Ministry of Information, she added, was setting up right to information offices and counters in ministries and government departments across the country to facilitate access to information. information in these institutions.

Ms. Abubakar said the government and the president have demonstrated their determination to deepen democracy in the country by empowering journalists and the media through the passage of the RTI law.

She encouraged the media to use the RTI law as a means to promote transparency and accountability in public affairs, saying that “if properly enforced, the law could be an essential tool in the fight against corruption in public life. “.

The deputy information minister said the government was not oblivious to the challenges facing media operations in Ghana and had not relaxed its efforts to support the work of the media.

The Ministry of Information, she noted, in 2019 worked with the media, stakeholder groups and academics to help design support programs that were essential to the work of the media.

She said the ministry also organized in August this year a conference for development partners and stakeholders to rally support and funding for the media in the area of ​​capacity building and the continued creation of a conducive and safe environment for media professionals.

If we are really interested in getting the media to practice professionally and to rely on high standards, then society as a whole needs to be interested in how to help the media with intervention programs, a she declared.

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