All is set for the “MARCH FOR FREE EXPRESSION” tomorrow, Tuesday May 21, 2019. Organizers are optimistic of massive turnout as more groups show interest to join the protest against the shutdown of radio stations as part of a grand agenda to suppress press freedom.
Tomorrow’s demonstration starts from El Wak Sports Stadium. All participants are expected to converge there before 7am when the walk starts through 37 to the headquarters of the National Communications Authority at Airport City, here in Accra.
Youth and media advocacy group, The United Press for Development Network (UPDN), has officially issued a statement in solidarity and is pleading with influential individuals, journalists, groups, CSOs and ordinary Ghanaians to join the freedom fight to promote good governance and the fight against corruption.
Free Media Vanguards, in a release signed by its Convener, Prince Minkah said the protest is symbolic because of the recent onslaught on media establishments and the assault on journalists who are only fulfilling their professional mandates.
“We hereby invite the general public and all who believe in safeguarding the fundamental human rights of free expression to join the march as we press for a freer and safer environment for the media and journalists. We urge all to come along with plasters over their mouths in symbolic demonstration of condemnation over the recent dangerous crackdown and repression of free speech.” …it added
The media landscape has witnessed unusual activities lately when Tiger PI investigator, Ahmed Hussein Suale, was shot dead while sitting in his car in traffic. Other journalists have received death threats for their work including Edward Adeti of Starr Fm and Manasseh Azure of the Multimedia Group, who was forced into exile for his investigative piece that exposed the existence of a vigilante group at the former seat of government, the Osu Castle.
Government insists the closure of Radio Gold and Radio XYZ is not politically motivated but critics say it’s deliberately clamping down on other stations to mislead the public.