Vice Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang has urged the Ghanaian media to continue working without fear or intimidation from any quarters.
She noted that the media plays an important role in the socio-economic well-being of the country hence, the need to ensure they are supported to deliver their work.
Professor Opoku-Agyemang pledged that the NDC will continue to support the media to work effectively in the country.
She said this on Wednesday, September 9, when she paid a visit to the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) to brief them on the recently-launched manifesto of the party for the 2020 polls.
“We want to sustain the relationship by working with all of you in implementing the plans of our manifesto. We can be fact-checkers, we can be people watching over your shoulder.
“We need the media. I don’t think it is for nothing that the media is seen as the Fourth Estate, it is not any other profession that is seen as the Fourth Estate.
“I like the way you (MFWA) stand for other journalists. I have heard your voice in the Ahmed Suale’s case, I have heard your voice in the attacks journalists have received, I have heard your voice in the collapse of radio stations.”
She further noted: “Freedom of speech is at the basis of everything. We need to build strong institutions, independent institutions. They will not be built with fear or harassment and all kinds of impediments that are not helpful.
“I will want to urge that you continue doing the work you are doing and continue to do it well and we pledge our support. Freedom of expression is so important.”
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana