Government has congratulated all journalists in Ghana as the world marks Press Freedom Day today.
This yearâ€™s celebration is being marked globally under the theme â€œJournalism without Fear or Favourâ€.
The theme focuses on the significant role the Press is playing in the ongoing COVID-19 situation, and how their contribution by providing verified information can lead the prevention of getting infected.
A statement issued in Accra and signed by Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said government celebrate the significant role the Press is playing in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
â€œTheir reporting and publishing of information on preventive etiquette is contributing positively in this fightâ€ he added.
Mr Nkrumah said the Akufo-Addo administration has being working closely with the Media and other stakeholders in disseminating information and educating the public as part of the broader COVID-19 Government response.
â€œThe Media, as the President in one of such engagements described, is an â€œinvaluable allyâ€ in the fight against COVID-19â€
The statement said â€œWe are hopeful that together, we will defeat this pandemic in the shortest possible time and continue with initiatives to make the media and broadcasting space increasingly productiveâ€
The Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO), also in statement indicated that â€œat a time when we are mired in worry and uncertainty because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, free information is essential to helping us face, understand, think about and overcome this crisis. We must consider the vital importance of information in this situation: informing the public means giving everyone the means of combatting the illness by adopting appropriate practicesâ€.
Below is the statement